I wish that every small park and playground might have its fit sculptural adornment -- a kindly genius of the spot, as it were. Such an image would stand in memory for the place and pleasure that it has given. One's affections gradually entwine these gracious symbols and they serve to make happy memories more vivid.
Lorado Taft, sculptor, 1913
Whatever you may think of Mr. Taft's work ("Pastoral", at Garfield Park in Chicago, is in the image to the left), his argument is compelling. The broader point is that beautiful details in our environment enrich our experiences.