Did you know that pineapple symbolism can be dated back to the days of Christopher Columbus in 1493? As he explored the shores of what is now Guadeloupe, he found a sweet pineapple, which was previously unknown in Europe. At the time, they were scarce because it was difficult to transport back to Europe before spoiling. Very quickly, the pineapple became a status symbol, used as a way to show hospitality for visitors and guests. Now, the pineapple is also considered to be a staple in many forms of art and architecture.
Over 25 years ago, Mayor Joe Riley, along with a team of consultants and city planners, planned and designed a beautiful waterfront park spanning along the east side of the Charleston Peninsula. This cost for the project was $13.5 million. As timing would have it, the park was completed in the spring of 1990, during a time of rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Hugo. So, it seems fitting that the “crown jewel” of the park is a large pineapple statue which welcomes hundreds of visitors and guests to the City of Charleston each day.
Considering that Charleston received Travel + Leisure Magazines, “#1 City in the World” award for 2016, I think that the city has seen a good return on their investment of such an extravagant pineapple!
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