Tuesday, May 19, 2009

swan point cemetery

Off of Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, RI is a beautifully landscaped old cemetery called Swan Point. There are indeed swans a plenty in the Seekonk River, to which the cemetery gently slopes. I wonder which came first, the swans or Swan Point Cemetery?

Swan Point is walled off by an ancient stone wall, the kind where no mortar is used to hold it together. There are sarcophagi and tombs, and weeping angels. There is also gorgeous typography. Some of the stones were cut more than a hundred years ago, yet the letter forms are precise, the letter spacing perfect. It is a peaceful place for an afternoon stroll, especially if you are looking for typographical inspiration.