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Once Upon a Time in Storyland: City Park Photographs by Jan Arrigo

Once upon a time in a land called story nestled under oaks Jonah sat on top a whale, Baa Baa Black Sheep awaited a question about wool, and Sleeping Beauty dozed, while Mother Goose flew over head on her goose near Hansel and Gretel's cottage. Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage beckoned, a big Little Pig smiled, and many more fairy tale legends reimagined as magical sculptures awaited the children of New Orleans to come play with them in City Park. The old lady’s shoe was the children’s exclusive entry into the enchanted storybook sculpture filled playground when it first opened in December of 1956. The attraction was conceived by Harry Batt Sr., the owner of another New Orleans great, Pontchartrain Beach.

Photographing around the park on the day before the exhibit closed for renovation this summer I found myself lost in childhood reverie. These  framed color photo prints are for both children and adults to enter into a distinct, intriguing world of fantasy and play.
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