Caelum Moor
November 13, 2005

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One of my most favourite places in the world ... this park was in built in the 1980s by Norm Hines. It was meant to be the centerpiece of a business park ... a place of quiet reflection amidst the crazy activity of modern life. And it was for a while. Unfortunately the businessman who commissioned it went bankrupt ... and then, after the city bought the park which had once been used for outdoor theatre and the local Scottish Games, some of the more conservative churches banded together and claimed it was illegal for the city to own that park. They claimed that "the pagans" used the park as a place of worship and therefore the city couldn't own that "church."

The city sold the plot of land, dismantled the stone sculptures and the land that had been sculpted to create the pond, gentle hills and a natural looking amphitheatre area was razed and turned into a business property.

The stones now sit in a water treatment facility. In storage.

There have been attempts made to have the park built again - the artist has tried several times to have the park re-built - but they're still sitting in a water treatment facility in Arlington, Texas.

The sad thing is ... any park with some grass or a tree or even a nifty rock could be considered a "place of worship" by many people, not just pagans. It's a shame the city ever caved to the "pressure" of a few completely reactionary people.

Posted by Red Monkey at November 13, 2005 6:04 PM | Never Underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

�madbull said:

woohoo... looks great for 'after-midnight-walks'

got some other pics, or link to pics of it ???
sorry, but just too lazy to check google...

November 13, 2005 6:29 PM

 

Red Monkey said:

Yup, got more pics.

http://www.coyotethunder.com/moor/

November 13, 2005 6:34 PM

 

Benjamin Solah said:

Wow, that is an awesome picture!

November 15, 2005 8:40 PM

 

Charlene said:

Are you aware that Caelum Moor has been resurrected in the Richard Green Park in between the Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Stadium. It has a beautiful new home in the park and the dedication was a great tribute!

January 24, 2010 12:44 PM
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