A river otter drenched in water sits atop a small log at Brookgreen Gardens Zoo, South Carolina
In addition to numerous sculptures, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina is also home to many wild species that make the greater area of the Gardens their home. Some of these birds, eagles and herons, have sustained an injury and could not survive in the wild. Their professional zookeepers provide safety, shelter, and enrichment for these birds.
“Actaeon” by Paul Howard Manship at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
In pain and terror Actaeon (a famous hero in Greek mythology) leaps forward, his body in a sharp diagonal. Antlers sprout from his forehead. One dog has sprung on his body from the rear, and another runs under his feet, with lifted snarling head.
Though they look real, these are sculptures of turtles on a platform on the pond at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
“Mares of Diomedes” by Gutzon Borglum at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
Horses race forward, bodies pressed together. All are wildly excited, ears laid back, nostrils distended, and mouths open gasping for breath. The bodies are truthfully modeled without insistent detail to give a dynamic sense of rushing movement, enhanced by the rhythmic play of muscles and the backward flow of loose masses in the manes and tails.
A sculpture comprised of three over-life-size, nude female figures seated within polished bronze frames – “The Saint James Triad” by Richard McDermott Miller at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
“Don Quixote” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
Don Quixote, an emaciated figure in tattered trousers, wearing a breast plate and a cloak thrown back from his shoulder, sits astride a lanky, shaggy horse Rocinante.
“The Torchbearer” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina – a sculpture of a rider bearing a torch on a galloping horse.
An artistic sculpture with a woman in pose with three birds at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
“Waterbearers” by Glenna Goodacre at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
Three Native American women – one carrying a pot of water on her head, the other filling her pot and the third one waiting to do so.
“In Memory of the Work Horse” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
A farmer wearing a coat and a cap pulled down tightly, walking on an incline beside a large bridled horse, is braced against a stiff wind. The man hangs onto a plow harness around the horse’s neck while his coat is blown up and over its back. The animal’s head is down, as man and horse both lean into the wind.
A winged horse springs from a mass of clouds, forelegs bent and head lifted in the upward rush. He soars on massive wings, bearing a rider lightly stretched along his back.
“Pegasus” by Laura Gardin Fraser at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
“Siberian Ram” by Marshall Maynard Fredericks at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
“Presidential Eagle” by Sandy Scott at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
A majestic eagle caught in the moment before flight. The wings are extended overhead and the body is crouched and ready to take off, talons gripping the rock base.
“Sancho Panza” by C. Paul Jennewein at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
Don Quixote’s bearded, paunchy companion, Sancho Panza, stands in a relaxed position, leaning against a patient donkey, his hat pushed back on his head. His left hand is on his hip, his right elbow rests upon a blanket covering the donkey’s back, and one foot is crossed nonchalantly over the other. Sancho gestures with his right hand, a typical expression of the character.
“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.
“The Visionaries” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
This work was meant to commemorate the founders of Brookgreen Gardens. The figures in the composition are allegorical and are clothed in classical garments since they are not portraits of the founders.
A sculpture of mother and baby birds at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
“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.