The Legacy Garden Installations


The Legacy Garden is a site-specific installation series with the intention of inviting visitors to connect with gay history in a unique manner while honoring individuals and groups who have contributed to that history. Various stations are created with garden plants and botanticals mixed into assemblages of re-used/re-purposed/re-envisioned furniture pieces, found objects, and photographs.

The photographic series below is from its original incarnation in May 2009 at the "California Men's Gathering 64: Men For All Ages."
Future installations are planned that would vary based on location, different materials gathered, and collaborating assembly artists.

Thanks to the numerous and wonderful volunteers of the CMG for their donation of time, materials, and funding to make it possible.
In particular Blu, Randy, Barry, Buzz, Dan, Eric, Robbie, Ben~Andy, Dave, & many others.

 



A view of the garden space from the north end

 

The wide view of the garden

 

   

A window pane of US gay rights activists:
Harry Hay, Pedro Zamora, Bayard Rustin, & Harvey Milk

 

African American Writers of the early 20th Century

 

   


A mirror altar honoring drag queens & flamboyant performers

 

An old wagon cart honoring Walt Whitman among others...

 

 

A miniature proscenium stage for theatrical greats like:
Vaslav Nijinsky, Alvin Ailey, Rudolf Nureyev

 

 

And behind the stage, famous playwrights & producers like:
Oscar Wilde, Thorton Wilder, Diaghilev, Lorca, Joe Orton, & Noel Coward

 

   

Theatrical personalities Peter Allen & Michael Bennett

 

Musical composers: Cole Porter, Ivor Novello, & Tchaikovsky

 

 

   

Honoring composers and writers

 

An armchair fireplace with legacy garden guidebook

 

 

   

Honoring Native American Two-Spirits

 

Grab a parasol while viewing the garden

 

 

   

Honoring Asian & Middle Eastern Gay Greats

Lantern luminaries for pioneering gay rights activists (pictured: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs)

 

   

Altar for modern& contemporary gay artists

Classical artists & painters