Take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road in Holland, Michigan.
Please join us in supporting an enchanting free outdoor exhibit located on the grounds of Herrick District Library and Centennial Park. Bronze sculptures, a living floral mosaic, the yellow-brick road, and whimsical horticulture will honor L. Frank Baum who penned the classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, while staying at his family cottage in Macatawa.
In Centennial Park, annual plants grow on a steel 10’ X 12’ base to create a living 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 and a Fighting Tree with Flying Monkey perched on a branch, are on permanent exhibit allowing visitors to interact with them. The sculpture of the Wicked Witch will join the cast of characters at the Library along the Yellow Brick Road.
The Oz Project is a collaborative community project spearheaded by the Holland Area Visitors Bureau and its partners, Holland in Bloom, Herrick District Library and the City of Holland.
Update – January, 2020
The Holland Oz Project launched in the summer of 2019 with the installation of the floral living mosaic book, the yellow brick road, and colorful landscaping in Centennial Park. Across the street, seven bronze sculptures were added to the exhibit on the grounds of the Herrick Library. A funding campaign to support he project began in February, 2019 selling personalized engraved yellow bricks for placement along the yellow brick road. A $100 donation will buy an engraved brick for placement on the yellow brick road in front of the “living book” in Centennial Park or on the yellow brick road at the library. For a $200 donation, a personalized engraved brick will be placed in front of your favorite Oz sculpture at the library. The fundraising campaign is in collaboration with the City of Holland. All checks and payments should be made to the City of Holland, and mailed to the Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 78 East 8th Street. Charitable gift envelopes are available at the Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, City Hall, and the Herrick District Library. Personalized bricks can also be purchased on line under the Support The Project tab.
To learn more about the Oz Project, go to http://www.holland.org/holland-oz-project or call the Holland Area Visitors Bureau at 616.394.0000. You can follow us on Facebook at @hollandozproject for updates on the Spring installation of the Wicked Witch, care and maintenance of the living mosaic book during the winter season, and exciting news regarding our one year anniversary celebration!