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

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

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

Staircase to the Temple

The stone for the BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia was shipped piece by piece from India, where craftsmen had sculptured it into more than 500 designs including rosettes, leaves, feathers and lacy geometric patterns. The thousands of sections, ranging from five ounces to five tons, each with its own bar code, have been assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle based on instructions for religious buildings written into scripture thousands of years old.

Staircase to the Temple