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.”
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
“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.
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.
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
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, 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.
The dynamic geometry, powerful size (26′ 7″ h x 30′ w x 15′ d), and expansive scale of Mark di Suvero’s work reflect his creative process in the No Fuss sculpture at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
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).
This sculpture at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh was created on site by North Carolina artist Thomas Sayre. The title Gyre refers to a circular or spiraling motion—gyration—and a spiraling shape, like a vortex or tornado.