The highlight of the Croatian Garden will be a bronze piece entitled "Immigrant Mother," which shows a woman holding on to her two children. The late Joseph Turkaly created the piece. His son Thomas Turkaly said it represents "a universal theme for the immigrants coming from all over the world to Cleveland."
Julia Turkaly, wife of sculptor Joseph Turkaly, with son Thomas
The next step is for volunteers to work on construction of the central plaza, a waterfall and walkways that will define the landscaped area.
Plans for the Cleveland Croatian Garden
The Croatian Garden is expected to be complete sometime this fall.
Enjoy these images from the Croatian Garden ceremony.
Watching the ground breaking in the Croatian Garden
Jerry Malinar with two of his grandsons Jessie Rogers and Kevin Kleinsmith with the Croatian Flag
Helena Mazura holding her three years old granddaughter, Ella Campbell
Branka Malinar and Harry Jerinic - Croatian Cultural Garden committee members
Peter, Gabbie and Nick Cveljo
Jerry and Branka Malinar
Slavko Katic and Harry Jerinic
Tom Turkaly with the Croatian Garden plans
Paul Burik and Father Zvonko Blasko
Mary Hamlin from the British Garden with Marko Lasic and Kathy Kuhar
Gary Kotlarsic from the Polish Garden with son Gustav
Zdenka Raguz and Chritine Vidmar
Croatian children with Father Zvonko Blasko
Erika Puussaar of the Estonian Graden and Jerry Malinar
Julia Turkaly, Thomas Turkaly and Jerry Malinar
Branka Malinar, Paul Burik, Jerry Malinar and Mary Hamlin