The Sun Singer's Travels

Malcolm R. Campbell's World

Traveling to Allerton Park

sunsingerallertonphotoIf your journey takes you through central Illinois, consider stopping at Allerton Park in Monticello. There are lovely trails, formal gardens and magnificent statuary.

I saw the park when I was in grade school and, many years later, named my novel The Sun Singer after the famous statue there of the same name by Carl Milles. The 75-year-old statue was restored to its original brilliance in 2007.

I had dreams about the statue after seeing it, probably because we left the park at the end of the day’s visit in a violent thunder storm before driving back to my grandparent’s house in nearby Decatur.

Lack of time and money have kept me from visiting Allerton Park again, but I would like to. Allerton has a decent website, though it could use a lot more pictures. That’s a poor substitute to being there or to driving through the neighborhood in Decatur where my grandparents lived and looking at the locations featured in my novels The Sun Singer, Sarabande and The Betrayed.

TSScover2014My novel The Sun Seeker is a hero’s journey novel in which the young protagonist Robert Adams must learn to harness the energy of the sun and use it to fight the armies of the evil king. I couldn’t find a better inspiration that a statue dedicated to Apollo in a nature preserve along the Sangamon River.

Stop and visit and maybe you’ll have memorable dreams as well.






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4 thoughts on “Traveling to Allerton Park

  1. This statue is one that I also saw as a child and the experience was extremely formative for me. I am not sure why, perhaps it is the name Sun Singer, or the uplifting feeling of the statue, something balancing the flat horizons of those Illinois plains. It opens a space that your story expands.

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