About the park.
St. Mary’s Park is planned for the corner of 12th Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Madison Avenue in Covington, Kentucky, opposite the entrance to St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.
St. Mary’s Park is designed to complement the Cathedral’s art with its own inspirational sculpture, set in a richly landscaped space. The Park will provide a setting to view the impressive facade of the Cathedral and to meditate and reflect on Saint Mary and her Son. We envision a place for spiritual renewal.
The Park will be open to the public and will provide the wider community with a public space to gather and to relax in a soothing urban oasis.
St. Mary’s Park is designed to complement the Cathedral’s art with its own inspirational sculpture, set in a richly landscaped space. The Park will provide a setting to view the impressive façade of the Cathedral, which includes Clement Barnhorn’s relief of the Assumption of Mary in the central tympanum.
The centerpiece of the project will be a bronze sculpture of the young mother, Mary, holding an infant Jesus. With sleeves rolled up and eyes nearly closed, we will see Mary not only as a mother at work, but also as a mother contemplating things to come. The infant Jesus is at once lovingly attached to His mother, yet with the expression of One gazing beyond.
The dimensions of the main statute and fountain will be impactful. The main statue will be nine-feet from Mary’s feet to the top of her head, and the statue itself will rest on a four-foot stone pedestal. The fountain will measure 24 feet in diameter at its base. (The black figure in the photo is six feet tall.)
Statue of Our Lady of Knock. Also sculpted in the classical style by David Frech, this statue will be situated in a devotional space, somewhat apart from the Mother and Child statue. It is a tribute to the Irish heritage of the Cathedral parish.
St. Mary’s Park is a volunteer-driven project sponsored by the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption parish. Contributions to St. Mary’s Park fully qualify as charitable contributions under Section 501(c)(3).