Visiting the Parthenon

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Happy June, everyone! As we move toward summer, I have a few urban sketches from my recent travels to share with you all! This is the first proper urban sketch that I’ve attempted, and I loved it. Keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks.

A few weeks ago, my family and I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee. We heartily enjoyed exploring the beautiful Centennial Park (and I enjoyed sketching several locations there). The park was founded in 1897 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission into the United States. This replica of the Parthenon was part of the Centennial Exhibition, to pay homage to Nashville’s reputation as “The Athens of the South.” It was originally intended to be a temporary structure, but it became so popular that the city decided to leave it standing as the centerpiece of the park.

On the green in front of the Parthenon are a couple scattered picnic tables. My mom (left), my sister (right), and I walked out to one of these tables, and I got to sit and sketch while we chatted. I was sitting behind them, so they didn’t know that they were part of the picture until it was finished. 😛 It was a beautiful, cool day, perfect for walking around and enjoying the park.

Visiting the Parthenon