Thursday, February 2, 2012

the heart of Knoxville

On the way to visit my daughter in Asheville, North Carolina, my hubby and I (and sometimes our son) will often stop in downtown Knoxville for a meal.  This is such a wonderful spot with Krutch Park and Market Square.  Charles Krutch Park is an acre of natural scenery featuring a pond, a stream, and temporary artworks.  Market Square, which began in 1854 as a marketplace for farmers, features restaurants, shops, and bubbling fountains.

Come along with me and see a few of the sites!

Enter Krutch Park...

A stream runs through this verdant oasis in the middle of a city.

The Storyteller by Mike Roig

8' x 3' x 2'  painted steel  $8,000

Mother and Child by Gordon Chandler

8.5' x 5' x 4.5' welded, painted steel

looking through Trinity by Douglas Gruizenga 7' x 7' x 3' aluminum

Now cross the street to Market Square...
Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial
(This deserves a post all to itself!  more information HERE)
We like to eat at "the Tomato Head" which is farther down on the left.

Market Square is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Farmers still gather to sell their products. The Square currently hosts many events including concerts, political rallies (like suffrage in the past), and open air ice skating in Winter.  It is a gathering place for families, artists, street musicians, and activists.  

a little alleyway retreat between buildings

bell from the old Market House (note police on bicycles)

time to leave the Square and head back through the park

I hope you've enjoyed this little Summer trip to the heart of Knoxville! 

► detailed POST on Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial (The women of the USA have so much to be thankful for in these brave women of past generations!)
!!! The above post got shared on Suffrage Buffs of America on facebook!
MAP  City of Knoxville, map of Krutch Park and Market Square
► interactive MAP of the area
► the Tomato Head   
Mike Roig
Gordon Chandler
Douglas Gruizenga website with a picture of the full "Trinity"       bio    

I've completed my homework assignment this week!  Therefore, I'm linking up HERE with the rest of Ms Jenny's class.  This week we studied the letter "K."

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  1. Never been to Knoxville, but seeing you photos makes me want to go check it out. Thanks for the little tour.

  2. What a pretty place. This reminds me of a place where I grew up and is now for tourists. My mom would like for me to take my kids there but it is always so crowded now.

    Artful Rising

  3. What a fun town! I love little towns like this with so much history and so much to do! I could explore all day :)

  4. It's so nice when cities invest in gorgeous park systems. I love how this one incorporates commercial stuff too; when you have large open foot traffic only rows for restaurants & shops it's fun to mill about and enjoy the outside!

  5. This is so pretty! My town doesn't have any outdoor art, but when I go to nearby cities I love to walk around and see the sculptures or historic monuments. Thanks for sharing these summery pictures!
    -Tammy with snow still on the ground in NH

  6. Great tour images so clear!Thanks for sharing>

  7. I love it when cities have fab parks in the middle that can make you feel you're in the country. Great pics :-)

  8. Tennessee is such a lovely state. I have lived in Nashville and Memphis, and have visited Knoxville many times. Your photos are excellent!

  9. What a fabulous park, love that they include the art! Thanks for the tour:-)

  10. I did enjoy the trip to Knoxville via photographs! Market Square has changed quite a bit since I was an art student at U of T and we sat down there on the sidewalk and painted scenes from the farmers' market. That was 1958-62. OOPS, telling my age! I don't think the park was there at all, then.

  11. Great topic for K! Thanks for this look at Knoxville. Gorgeous pictures as always. I've never been there, but I would like to visit sometime.

  12. Looks like a beautiful place to visit! I've never been there but it seems I need to plan a trip to that part of the country!

  13. I've never been to Knoxville, but I'd love to go. The Market Square looks like great fun! {:-D

  14. That looks like a beautiful city. I've been to Tennessee and I think the state is gorgeous.

  15. Hello.
    Such a beautiful place.
    Great photos!
    Thanks for sharing.

  16. I enjoyed that jaunt through the park. It's wonderful when a city invests in art for public spaces - what a gift to the children when the seed of appreciation for art is planted.

  17. Thanks for the tour. :) Knoxville's a place we've passed by many times but never stopped (although Mr. Calm went to the World's Fair there).

  18. Thanks for the bit of armchair travel this morning. That park is absolutely gorgeous.

  19. Thanks for the tour of the heart of Knoxville. I especially like the beautiful park, artwork and fountains!

  20. For some reason your photos were not showing when I read your blog, but I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Knoxville. The Etsy Knoxville Street Team often sell their merchandise at the Market Square.

  21. Fun!

    I've never been to Knoxville and only driven through the state.

    It looks like a lovely place to visit! I always enjoy sculpture gardens...and there were certainly some interesting pieces featured here.

    Thanks for a kool link to the letter "K" this week.


  22. I recognize some of those places! For the last six years, during the last week in May, my husband and I have been appraising Global Finals Destination ImagiNation teams at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Knoxville is a lovely town, and your photos do justice to it.


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