Green-Wood has a program to help wildlife and improve the environment. This article explains what they are doing Rethinking Urban Grasslands – Green-Wood.
I love the elaborate Gothic and Romanesque architecture on some of the mausoleums.
Some statuary. I particularly like the first one with the backlit leaves.
I liked how the early morning sun made the reddish leaves on this tree glow.
Many of the tombs have fantastic sculptures on them. This one has a bear on it too.
My favorite cemetery in Brooklyn is Green-Wood, a national historic monument. It is a great place to bird and photograph. We drive through it by car, driving around slowly stopping often. I’ll be making 6 posts of my enhanced and processed photographs. Most of them have sky replacements.
This strange “sculpture is known as an allegorical personification: a story or set of abstract ideas symbolized by the human form. The youthful male figure represents Virtue: honest, incorruptible city government. The writhing feminized sea creatures, caught up in netting, together represent the Vices over which Civic Virtue strives to triumph: treachery and corruption. is now in Greenwood Cemetery.“ It is controversial and sexist. “Controversy erupted as soon as the monument was unveiled. Civic Virtue was viewed as a male stomping upon two women and not as an allegorical personification.” Read all about it here: “Civic Virtue” Historical Marker (hmdb.org)
My opinion on this sort of controversial sculpture is to leave them up and use them as a teaching tool as they did with this one by posting a plaque with the text from the contents of the link I provided above.
More pictures form our excursion to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The last photograph shows three obelisks. The third obelisk in the background is the Freedom Tower in Manhattan.