Cemetery Statues and Outdoor Stages

Hi! I would like to ask the community whether cemetery statues and murals are eligible. Also, are outdoor stages eligible? Because I am thinking of nominating those categories next. Thanks for your insight.


  • Gazzas89-PGOGazzas89-PGO Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If the statues are on their own, rather than being on top of a grave, they are usually ok (though, avoid them in newer cemeteries, better in older ones where people are less likely to be holding funerals). Murals I would say the same kf they arent obviously done for someone in the graveyard. Memorials are ok, I know you didn't ask but they are sometimes in graveyards.

    Outdoor stages are fine (I assume you dont mean in graveyards anymore)

  • tp235-INGtp235-ING Posts: 1,166 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Since this is only a text, it is a general statement.

    Cemeteries are essentially sensitive places.

    If the sculpture or stage is in a separate and independent area from the cemetery, it is not a problem, but if it is among the grave markers of the general public, it does not qualify.

  • JillJilyJabadoo-PGOJillJilyJabadoo-PGO Posts: 1,082 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Outdoor stages are definitely eligible.

    For art in cemeteries, they can be eligible, but please don't focus on the games and lose track of common decency when submitting them. Consider if other visitors would feel comfortable with people playing games there, potentially cutting across graves while staring at their phones to reach wayspots or catch pokemon. It will depend greatly on the local culture, general atmosphere of the cemetery, and locations of the wayspots.

    I would personally never make one in an active cemetery, but there are a couple of small, defunct pioneer cemeteries near me where the historical markers for the cemeteries themselves are wayspots, and those seem unlikely to bother anyone.

  • MargariteDVille-INGMargariteDVille-ING Posts: 2,277 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The rule-of-thumb is that the person needs to have been dead for 50 years, so there are likely no active mourners. (Niantic originated this 50-year rule, but then removed specifics on all kinds of nominations.)

    Old, inactive cemeteries have some amazing art. People especially like angel statues, then as now. All major religions have some form of angels - they transcend time and place.

    Death is part of life. Seeing what consoled people 100 years ago, is part of the living's reflection and healing - so can help us now. See https://www.jstor.org/stable/41548466

    An exception to the 50-year rule could be veterans' memorials in cemeteries, where no one is buried.

    Other exceptions are if the cemetery has been designated as a park, or if an official walking trail goes through it. For example https://oaklandcemetery.com/events/

    Maybe your cemetery is listed on a Cemetery Tourism site, like https://cemeteriesroute.eu/news/cemetery-tourism--a-self-conscious-tourism.aspx

    Or maybe the town encourages tourists to visit it, like: https://www.historiccoastculture.com/stories/living-history/cemeteries-of-st-augustine/

    Not an exception - a chapel at a cemetery, where memorial services are held.

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