Considering how I grew up in the Dallas area, it’s kind of sad that I can count the number of times I’ve been to downtown on one hand. The truth of the matter is, Dallas is such a huge, sprawled out city that a trip downtown would take nearly an hour by car! But since a couple of out-of-town guests visited us last week, I seized the chance to tour my own city with them.
After going up the stairs, I found myself standing on a little plaza that offered nice views of the city:
And was bedecked with various pieces of Asian art, as you would expect:
“These shards are the result of potters destroying finished ceramic vessels with any minor imperfections. As an immigrant from Seoul who was raised in America, Shin views the celadon fragments as a metaphor of the Korean diaspora, vibrant artifacts of the Korean people, their history and culture that are scattered all over the world to form new identities elsewhere.” – Crow Collection
I was quite pleased to later learn that Celadon Landscape was a temporary exhibition, so it seems that I came at an opportune time.
Across the Crow Collection of Asian Art was the Nasher Sculpture Center, which I had previously read about and wanted to see. Only the outdoor sculptures were open for viewing:
Lol, that looked more like a cow than bird.
My conclusion? It was exceedingly small! More like a large backyard decorated with fancy sculptures (compared to Citygarden).
Next stop, Plaza of the Americas:
It seemed more like a mall than a plaza to me. And if there’s one thing you’d immediately notice about downtown Dallas, that would be there are no people around. This mall was eerily empty, with just a few people dotted here and there on lunch break. The rest of the streets were like that too, with very few pedestrians. Nothing like the streets of New York!
The architecture around here was very peculiar, a mix of old and new. For example, contrast Fountain Place (in the 2nd picture) with this cathedral below:
Also, apparently this Cattle Drive at Pioneer Plaza was pretty famous because I saw more tourists here, including some surprising characters:
On the way to the John F. Kennedy memorial, we passed by Reunion Tower.
I’ve been to the John F. Kennedy Memorial once waaay back and was surprised that it was just that – a memorial. Not where Kennedy was assassinated. So potential visitors – you have been warned.
No names, words, or messages on the white walls. The fountain (?) in the middle was also turned off. Couldn’t the city have done more for the poor president? It was so underwhelming that the Old Red Courthouse right next to the memorial captured my attention for a longer time:
Finally, I wanted to see the stained glass spiral in Thanksgiving Square, but the chapel was closed. Oh the tragedy!! The colorful glass is so beautiful that you just have to see it for yourself. Word of the wise, arrive earlier than 5 pm if you want to go into any public building. Thought I would’ve learned when trying to get into the capitol building in St. Louis, right?
Have you ever visited Dallas? What sorts of things did you do here? I’m genuinely interested in hearing (and perhaps visiting) your favorite places!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Also, a happenin’ neighborhood in Dallas: Bishop Arts District