Take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road in Holland, Michigan.
In 1899, L. Frank Baum, author of the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, vacationed in Macatawa on the shores of Lake Michigan, just minutes from downtown Holland. It is suggested by Baum’s great grandson that parts of this classic tale were most likely written or worked on while staying at his family’s cottage, The Sign of the Goose.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published on May 17,1900.
The story begins in a magical place called Oz, with the living mosiac book located 250 Central Avenue in Centennial Park. Annual plants grow on a steel 10’ X 12’ base to create a mosaic depicting the cover of the book. During the winter, the book will be placed in the City’s greenhouse and returned to the park in the spring. The iconic Yellow Brick Road leads you from Centennial Park to Herrick District Library where it continues through landscaped areas of colorful annuals and perennials. Seven life-sized bronze sculptures of Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, a Munchkin, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, a Fighting Tree with Flying Monkey perched on a branch, and the Wicked Witch are on permanent exhibit allowing visitors to interact with them.
This permanent exhibit is free and open to the public year-round. Best viewing of the exhibit is during the summer season when the living book is on display.
Update – September, 2020
The personalized brick campaign ended on September 1. Bricks purchase from mid-March through September 1 will be installed in October, 2020. If you purchased an engraved brick during this time, you will be notified either via email or mail once all bricks are installed.
To learn more about the Oz Project, go to http://www.holland.org/holland-oz-project or call the Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 616.394.0000. You can follow us on Facebook at @hollandozproject for updates on care and maintenance of the living mosaic book during the winter season.