Look for designs in the stones
WILKES-BARRE — When Bohlin and Powell Architects redesigned Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square after Hurricane Agnes, they included nearly 150 designs carved into stones. As pedestrians walk through the space, they pass over modern petroglyphs showing symbols of nature, technology, architecture and local history.
Some designs are easy to identify. Images of leaves dot stones throughout the park. A cat, a pretzel, hands and lips are in the seating area; and crops like strawberries, onions, melons, apples and peaches are hidden among the planters on the edges of the square. Elsewhere, the sharpeyed pedestrian can spot a beehive — a symbol of the city — and a map showing the outline of the Susquehanna River in the area.
Other carvings are less obvious. One symbol honors the National Parliament designed by architect Louis Kahn in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of several images inspired by architects. Another unclear carving is explained on a map as “crunched person.”
The architecture firm that became Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has a map of the petroglyphs. It shows where you can find designs around the now-dry large and small fountains, walkways, planters and small sunken seating area.