‘The Design of Everyday Things.’
No one knows really why or how Pericles in 447 BCE convinced his fellow Athenians to build the Parthenon but people have been hunting there for the legendary treasure of Athens ever since. In 1897 CE, Nashville celebrated Tennessee’s Centennial with a temporary recreation of the Parthenon…and no one knows why. Twenty-five years later they decided they couldn’t live without it and a project was commissioned to make a permanent recreation utterly faithful to the original. Like so many grand plans, they’ve been working on it ever since. In 2016, it is nearly perfect. Inside and out. We could find no flaws.
The Parthenon is hidden on a small hill in a park right in the City of Nashville. Unlike the one in Athens, Greece, you can walk through it…in it…out of it…through three-dimensional design that re-tunes your body and your mind. The details of Classical Greece is profiled in every curve, relief, and capstone. You’re not back in ancient Athens but walking around in this place makes everyone go completely quiet. All great design does that. It’s like virtual reality – only it’s real.
There’s so much to do in Nashville music-wise but this will always be our favorite place.
The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee – August 5th 2016