“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.
A sculpture of two Native Americans with spears and other weapons in the act of tracking or watching an unseen bison at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
“Alligator Bender” by Nathaniel Choate at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet.
A nude man seated on the back of an alligator, his legs gathered under him. His left hand grasps the jaw, his right arm curves around the tail, bending the creature’s body in a semi-circle.
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.
“Brown Bears” by Anna Hyatt Huntington is a bronze sculpture of a group of three bears
“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.
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.
“Elephant” by Paul Troubetzkoy is an elephant without tusks standing quietly, one forefoot behind the other, back humped and trunk lowered.
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.
“Girl with Dolphin” by Milton Horn has a girl baby riding a dolphin, holding its head with both hands.
Brookgreen Gardens contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country, displayed in a stunning garden setting. Sculptures in the middle of ponds and fountains create neat reflections.
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.