March 12, 2013

R.I.P. Ringlings

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Behind this gate, rest John and Mable Ringling.  (So does John's sister, Ida, although we don't hear too much about her.)  John is in the middle and Mable is on the right.  The plots are tucked away on the grounds of the Ringling Muesum of Art in a beautiful flower and statue garden known as Mable's Secret Garden.  It's a short distance from Sarasota Bay and the Ringlings' winter home, the Ca d'Zan.  (Although they also owned homes in New York City and New Jersey, the Ringlings wanted to be buried in Sarasota.)   John died in 1936 from pneumonia when he was 70.   He's the person who is credited with envisioning Sarasota as a place that would be developed and become a fashionable place to live and visit.  Mable passed away in 1929 at the age of 54.  Although she died two years before their art musuem opened (and John subsequently married and divorced) Mable was listed as a director and vice president.  I'm linking to Taphophile Tragics.  Check it out here.

10 comments:

SFlaGuy said...

I will never forget how amazed I was at the museum there. I love circus freaks but not many of my performing friends have the means to collect such works of art.

Kathy said...

Beautiful statuary.

Halcyon said...

Pretty. A nice way to be remembered.

Virginia said...

Sad they have to lock the gates. Are they afraid of vandalism?
V

cieldequimper said...

You can find real treasures in cemeteries...

LONDONLULU said...

I find cemeteries to be very poignant and beautiful too, despite the inherent sadness. Lovely capture and Ringling find. (I'm intrigued by the Museum, sounds like it would be a lovely visit.)

Kay said...

The lock on the gate is a rather sad commentary.

Lowell said...

Love the sculpture and I appreciate the commentary very much. All I knew was that the Ringlings hung out in Sarasota! :)

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Jack said...

This is so nicely composed, SRQ. The Ringlings had a big, positive impact on your fair city.

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