6. Wizard of Oz Courtyard
People call it the Wizard of Oz Courtyard, but the art suggests that the theme is inspired by the Russian version of Oz – The Wizard of Emerald City. Written by Alexander Melentyevich Volkov in 1939, Emerald City is a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale from 1900. Volkov changed most of the characters’ names and a few plot points, and today his version is popular in the former Soviet States, China and Germany.
In the courtyard, a children’s jungle gym is designed to look like the Emerald City and a yellow-brick road is painted on the ground. But the real gems are the sculptures.
There’s the Tin Man and the Scarecrow (above), two witches:
… And an ogre – a character from Volkov’s tale who captures Ellie (Dorothy) in between her meetings with the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.