This is my inspiration for this art quest, finding these where I found them. For all the world they look like columns from the Windsor ruins, which is about seven or eight miles west of Port Gibson. But these columns? Sitting right beside South West Street in downtown Jackson outside the back door of Thalia Mara Hall.
I bumped into them by accident. So me, being up on everything, figured they must have just been put there. Checking with the Mississippi Museum of Art, they were a part of the Eudora Welty Biennial, three years ago. They’ve been here three years and I’m just now seeing them. I just need to get out more.
So, I figured while I was out, I’d stroll around downtown to see what else I could see. Of course, on the same block as the Windsor Columns is this, the Equestrian Statue of Louis XIV. Well, an exact copy of it.
The original is at Versailles. This replica was the centerpiece of the Mississippi Cultural Exchange’s “Splendors of Versailles” exhibition in Jackson in 1998, 20 years ago. Whew.
I mentioned the Mississippi Museum of Art, if you haven’t paid a visit in a while you may not have seen this. The Children’s Fountain in the sidewalk just outside. Water pops up randomly and on hot days kids can play in it.
Then there are the gardens at the Art Museum, downtown Jackson with an oasis of greenery and blossoms just right for folks to stroll on their lunch hour, or for the growing myriad of downtown dwellers to unwind in after work.
Lunch hour in the street in front of City Hall is getting popular with food trucks. And there are a couple of statues nearby. Andrew Jackson in front of City Hall of his namesake city, and across from City Hall, atop the Hinds County Court House.
Have you ever looked up and seen Moses and his Ten Commandments?
Then, of course, the gargoyles on the Lamar Life building, and there’s the War Memorial Building with its bas-relief sculptures representing us in peace and in war. All the figures have the same face, Including the woman, and there’s more art-in-the-open, for later.
So downtown Jackson ends up being a pretty artsy place.
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