The State Library Lawns have been an exercise in progressive minimalism. When the Library Opened in 1856, there was picket fence, with shrubs and trees for decorative effect. Eventually, in 1873 the pickets were replaced by wrought iron fencing which remained unitl 1939. Shrubs and trees were removed progressively to expose the open space you see today.
This poem is a part of The Stately Strut.