ART IN PERPETUITY

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah Georgia

As a designer and photographer, I see art in unexpected places.  I find historic cemeteries to be like strolling through an outdoor art gallery or meditating in a natural cathedral.  I love the majestic statues that can sometimes be found amongst the natural outdoor settings.   When traveling, I like to visit local historic cemeteries, not only to photograph, but to get a quick history lesson by reading the grave stones.

On my recent trip to Savannah, Georgia, I made sure I visited the Bonaventure Cemetery.  It is the most famous and beautiful cemetery in Savannah.  Bonaventure's popularity grew with John Berendt's book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which featured a cover photo of the now-famous "Bird Girl" statue, formerly located in Bonaventure. This statue now resides in a local museum.  My husband and I listened to the book on tape during the road trip to Savannah which made this visit even more special.

Bonaventure did not disappoint with its Southern Gothic sculptures and large moss covered tree gardens.  What a beautiful, peaceful resting place... ART IN PERPETUITY.