A collection of sculptures in various parks and gardens around the world.
Sisyphus at the Sculpture Park in Silkeborg, Denmark. It is a huge rolling stone sculpture that is periodically hauled up the hill. The sculpture bears a resemblance to a certain orange tyrant, and somewhere, someone must take on the Sisyphean task of getting the stone to roll uphill instead of perpetually downhill as is its wont. Artistic fountain in the gardens of Castelo Branco in Portugal.There is public art everywhere in Mexico. This fanciful fountain of a swimming figure is by Bustamente, in Tlaquepaque, just outside of Guadalajara.
A sculpture of two chairs facing each other looking over an empty turtle shell with a circle of inscribed turtle eggs in Lumpini Park in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m sure there’s a story about this but I can’t find it anywhere. Oddball sculpture of styrofoam balls tied up in black pantyhose on a piece of wasteland is in Islita in Costa Rica, where the entire village is a piece of art.A Picasso sculpture in the central courtyard at the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid, Spain. One small section of Jean Dubuffet’s huge sculpture in the Kroller Muller Sculpture Garden near Utrecht in Holland. An elephant sculpture, part of the ‘turning weapons into art’ program in Siem Reap, Cambodia.A giant seed carved out of wood at the South Stacks Park near Holyhead, Wales.Mossy sculpture of the three ‘no evil’ monkeys in the Singapore Botanical Garden.The Irish love stacking stones which has resulted in a lot of stacked stone art. These are part of a collection of stacked stone sculptures in the public garden that runs along the river in Sneem, Ireland.In Japan the gardens and parks are pieces of artworks themselves, and apart from the exquisite detailing and occasional Buddhas and dragons, have little in the way of artwork. One exception was raked sand garden with glass rods in a reflecting pool at Hokanji Temple, one of the lesser known temples in Kyoto, Japan. Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver often has temporary displays of the work of many sculptors from around the world; these totem poles are part of their permanent ‘sculptures’ in the garden. More on murals and the wide variety of public art out there at Johnbo’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Art in the Park (and other Places).
Some good finds, love the wise monkeys!
I was quite fond of the mossy monkeys myself!
Mischievous mossy monkeys!
We’ve not been to central Mexico, but we have visited several cities on the Atlantic and Pacific borders of the country. I never missed capturing some sort of public art.
You’ve got some great examples here.
Mexico’s history of public art really came into its own at the end of the revolution in 1920, and they’ve kind of rolled with the idea of art for the public ever since. It’s interesting to see how each culture approaches the concept of public art…
Terrific examples Elizabeth. Loved the giant orange creature. Perhaps someone will roll the ball into the abyss and we can all breathe easier. Also the turtles are wonderful
Turtles are creature of legends in Asia. I have searched for this particular story without much luck other than to find out that Buddha was a turtle in one of his reincarnations…
Great collection. The totem poles look a lot like ones we saw in Bariloche, Argentina. Tlaquepaque is a beautiful little town, but we didn’t see this one. And my favorite is the Orange Tyrant. I’d like to see him rolling down the hill. In real life, too.
I’m surprised there were totem poles in Bariloche – they are unique to the indigenous culture of the west coast. And the Sisyphus sculpture seems to have touched a chord with many – so many possible meanings for this endless task…
One day, I’ll post the photo I have, but you can Google “totem pole in bariloche argentina”.
wow, different but similar in appearance. Learn something new every day!
I must agree on the range tyrant…and I love the green, mossy monkeys.
We had a small brass figurine of the three monkeys when I was a child – I was always fascinated by it – but this was the first time I have seen them anywhere else. And so green and mossy. I would have loved to have them in my garden.
I absolutely love the uniqueness of all your choices for the challenge. The Sisyphus is fantastic. But I like the mossy sculpture and my favorite was the turtle shell, I too would love to know the reason behind it. Well done.
It seems that your favourites are the three sculptures with legends behind them – they all have extra meanings and interpretations – interesting that the artists were able to tap into that part of the world conciousness…
Yes. True. And I do love things with a message or meaning. Creates more reading and curiosity.
Wow… such a creative public art collection!
Thaks for sharing. 🙂