Paint the town green this St Patrick’s Day
London, United Kingdom, 2021-Mar-15 — /Travel PR News/ — In support of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening campaign for St Patrick’s Day this year, we take a look at landmarks, buildings and virtual events to enjoy on 17th March in Japan and across the USA.
Royal Olive Manor – Yosemite’s Tuolumne County,California
Opened by longtime Tuolumne County locals, the Royal Olive Manor is rich with history. Located in downtown Sonora – one of Tuolumne’s seven authentic gold rush towns – each room in the hotel is named after a captivating woman who once lived in the town and built with local lumber in the late 1800’s. Retaining much of the original décor, there are also some residents that can be seen and not heard…a friendly spirit, who goes by the name of Peter, who often leaves handprints around the property.
This 2,380-ft green wall (roughly the same size of a tennis court), is located at PNC’s headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh and made from 602 panels of soil and plants. Materials for the wall have all been sourced within a 500-mile radius, and the eight varieties of plants also come from southwest Pennsylvania. Blooming year round, textures of the wall changes with the seasons and despite harboring so many plants, the wall requires just 15 minutes of watering per week from the top that trickles down.
Naples Botanical Garden – Florida’s Paradise Coast, Florida
A world-class attraction located in downtown Naples, the Botanical Garden offers visitors an alternative to the beach with six lush, tropical cultivated gardens to explore each representing plants and cultures from around the globe. After browsing the gardens in their beautiful restored habitats, the birding tower, Orchid Garden and Butterfly House are must stops on the tour.
ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall – Kyushu, Japan
High-density cities are waking up to the benefits of verdant walls, as the lack of green spaces on the ground are leading to vertical urban gardens running up and down building façades.When the hall was first built there were 76 varieties of plants, including 23 different kinds of trees ranging from plum to maple. Today, there are even more species that thrive on the green roof with over 120 varieties and 50,000 plants. Underneath its vertical forest, ACROS features nearly one million square feet filled with office space, an exhibition hall, a museum, a theatre, conference facilities, a parking lot, and shops.
Concrete hills frame the galleries of Mari Ito’s Komatsu science museum, Ishikawa
The domed and curving rooftops of this science museum in Komatsu, Japan, are covered in grass, creating a series of rolling hills that visitors can clamber across. Designed by Mari Ito of Tokyo studio Urban Architecture Office (UAo), Science Hills Komatsu is a museum, communications centre and archive.Designed by Mari Ito of Tokyo studio Urban Architecture Office (UAo), whose past projects include a house with a kitchen worktop that doubles up as a dining room, Science Hills Komatsu is a museum, communications centre and archive.
Matsumoto Museum of Art
Matsumoto Museum of Art’s most popular attraction is their permanent Yayoi Kusama works. Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto and is internationally known for her hallmark bright and vivid polka dot pieces that include one of her most famous works, Pumpkin, on Naoshima Island in Kagawa Prefecture. From a young age, Kusama suffered from polka dot-strewn hallucinations, so as a coping mechanism, she began to recreate these visions, which have come to define her work. As visitors approach the Matsumoto City Museum of Art, they are greeted by a psychedelic installation of green stalked giant, twisting tulips and the museum’s polka-dotted facade – a small taste of what awaits inside.