The End of the Trail

“The End of the Trail” by James Earle Fraser at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

A Native American man on horseback, wrapped in an animal skin; a lowered spear held loosely in the bend of his arm is bowed on the horse’s back. The horse shrinks before the wind, head hanging, mane and tail blown forward.

End of the Trail

Riders of the Dawn

“Riders of the Dawn” by Adolph Alexander Weinman at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet.

The horses plunge forward, half rearing, with forelegs doubled and heads tossing. One rider leans back to draw a bow while the other turns sidewise, blowing a conch. Beneath the horses is the rayed disc of the rising sun, with water curling in scrolls around it and rising beneath the horses in plumes of spray.

Taming Horses

Riders of the Dawn

Rider on a Galloping Horse

Animal Sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens

Among its varied collection of sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens, there are quite a few of animals.

“Lioness and Cub” by Hope Yandell – A female lion with her young cub. The lioness is standing, front left paw raised slightly. Her head is turned in the direction of her cub. They are positioned in a natural setting on a rock formation over a small pool.

Prowling in the Jungle

“Brown Bears” by Anna Hyatt Huntington is a bronze sculpture of a group of three bears

Brown Bears

Joy of Motherhood

“Joy of Motherhood” by Willard Hirsch at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.

This sculpture depicts the spirit of joy of life and, in particular, the physical and spiritual bonds between mother and child. Reflecting the sculptor’s personal belief that the joys of motherhood far outweigh the sorrows, this sculpture depicts a young mother at play with her child.

Mother and Child

Elephant Sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens

With my interest in elephants, I was pleased to see elephant art at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet.

“Trumpeting Elephant” by Alexander Phimister Proctor is an elephant striding forward, head raised trumpeting.

Raising Its Trunk

“Elephant” by Paul Troubetzkoy is an elephant without tusks standing quietly, one forefoot behind the other, back humped and trunk lowered.

Elephant Statue

Joy of Riding a Dolphin

At Brookgreen Gardens, “Triton on Dolphin” by Benjamin Franklin Hawkins depicts a young male figure (a triton) with fins for feet and a stiff crown of hair riding a dolphin.

Riding a Dolphin

“Girl with Dolphin” by Milton Horn has a girl baby riding a dolphin, holding its head with both hands.

Joy of Riding a Dolphin

Art at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. Though the gardens were somewhat dormant during our visit, the sculptures were fabulous.

“Fighting Stallions” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens. Two horses, rearing on their hind legs, are striking each other with their front hooves and biting. One has sunk his teeth into the other’s neck as it throws back its head in pain. Their muscles are taut with struggle, and manes and tails disordered in combat. One nude rider clings desperately to a horse’s back, while the other, thrown on the ground, protects his head with an upthrown arm.

Dueling Horses

Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge by Henry Spencer Moore

This prolific sculptor made work in wood, stone, and bronze. As a student in London, Henry Moore absorbed the influences around him, both the work of his contemporaries and the pre-Columbian and ancient art in the British Museum. It is easy to see a connection between Large Standing Figure and ancient art. This sculpture is displayed at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge by Henry Spencer Moore

Wind Sculpture II by Yinka Shonibare

Known for his figurative sculptures that use Dutch wax cloth (popular throughout Africa) to explore cultural identity, Yinka Shonibare here, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, transforms a wisp of the same fabric into a playfully monumental sculpture that captures the wind like a giant sail.

Wind Sculpture II by Yinka Shonibare

Partial View of Installation 1-183 by Daniel Johnston

This extended line of 183 ceramic columns, created by Daniel Johnston, plays against the topography of the landscape. Ranging in height from several inches to several feet, the tops of the pillars form a level line to highlight the dips and rises of the rolling hillside at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

Partial View of Installation 1-183

Askew by Roxy Paine

Askew, at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, is part of a series of works that Roxy Paine describes as “dendroids,” treelike forms with elaborate branching structures. His sculptures are inspired by real trees but never truthful depictions of actual species. The stainless steel surfaces of the work change dramatically with the light.

Askew by Roxy Paine

Crossroads/Trickster 1 by Martha Jackson-Jarvis

Placed at the threshold between the field and forest at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Crossroads/Trickster I marks a transitional point from public to private, manmade to natural, open to enclosed. The sculpture by Martha Jackson-Jarvis combines brightly colored Italian glass tiles, carnelian stones, and shattered bricks (recycled from the Polk youth correctional facility, located on this property from 1920 to 1997).

Crossroads/Trickster 1 by Martha Jackson-Jarvis