We end our series of postcards from Costa Rica with our unique dining experience in San Jose. We had delicious Indian food at an outdoor tent setting serenaded by peacocks on elephant sculptures.
Tag Archives: Sculpture
Costa Rica – Wood Art
Costa Rica hand carved animals are made with exotics woods such as Guapinol, Rosewood, Purple Heart, Parota and others. Saw these wooden sculptures at a rest stop in Costa Rica.
Various stone sculptures of Ganesha were decorated daily at our resort in Gujarat, India,
Ganesha, a much-beloved and worshiped deity, is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. He is also known as the God of wisdom, prosperity, and auspiciousness. A Ganesha statue can be hand-carved in many postures and forms, typically with four or eight arms, holding various symbolic objects.
Santa Monica is a coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles, California. Santa Monica Beach is fringed by Palisades Park, with views over the Pacific Ocean. Will be posting images from our recent trip to Santa Monica.
This 18′ high art deco sculpture “Santa Monica” by Eugene Morahan is located on the bluff at the foot of Wilshire Blvd. It is a statue of Saint Monica, for whom the city of Santa Monica was named. Apparently, Spanish explorers were reminded of the tears Saint Monica shed for her errant son while they were drinking from a refreshing spring in West Los Angeles. Because that particular day was St. Monica’s day on the religious calendar, they named the area “Santa Monica.”
A Majestic Eagle Carving at Winterthur
Located in the lobby of Winterthur Museum in Delaware is a 3-foot high wooden eagle sculpture with a 14-foot wingspan.
Anchoring a Landscape Image
An artistically formed rock sculpture creates a natural anchor for a landscape image at Roan Mountain Bald
Natural Sculptures in the Water
Fallen logs with branches create natural sculptures on a flowing river
Turtles on a Pond
Though they look real, these are sculptures of turtles on a platform on the pond at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
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
Bearing a Torch
“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
A Duck Family Sculpture
A sculpture of mother and baby birds at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
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
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.
“Brown Bears” by Anna Hyatt Huntington is a bronze sculpture of a group of three 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.