One World Garden is designed to be a place that speaks to all of Utica- those with deep roots in its immigration and settlement history and those among its newest arrivals. Its garden elements will communicate coming together, interdependence and inclusion–one part of the “one world” message. They will also honor and celebrate individuality, difference, strength, courage and resilience and form that part of the one world message that reminds us of what it takes for life to renew, endure and flourish even in the face of great challenges.
SANCTUARY GARDENS: In One World Garden, visitors will find beauty, artistry and stories being told through the design of the Sanctuary Gardens and all the beautiful plantings, sculptures, signage, and special features it contains. Garden destinations will represent endurance, reflection, flourishing, renewal and replenishment.
LIVING STORIES SCROLL WALL: The sanctuary gardens are surrounded by decorative enclosing garden fence which will feature a 90’ long “Living Stories Scroll Wall” that will be visible from both inside and outside the garden. The Scroll will be a dramatic sculpture telling the Utica’s ‘one world’ story and will include the contributions of local artists and citizens.
SPIRAL SHELTER: This is the entrance to the Sanctuary Gardens and is located between Park and Genesee Streets to become a “center” point and iconic landmark that’s can be readily seen and identified. The shelter acts as a portal or gateway. Its sculptural and symbolic form will be a place of entry and also for gathering in small groups for sharing, storytelling, presentations and tours.
PASSAGE of CULTURES: To reach the Spiral Shelter and Sanctuary Gardens visitors walk along a path, called the Passage of Cultures. It reaches to Genesee Street on one end and Park Avenue on the other and thereby links the garden visually and experientially to the surrounding Arts District and neighborhoods. The Passage also connects to the Tapestry Plaza which functions as a dual parking lot and on special occasions, as a One World event space for festivals and community gatherings.