Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Favorite Garden Art - The Big Stuff

I was looking through my pictures this morning and was inspired by some of the garden art I've seen in recent years. I thought I'd show you some of the "grander" pieces today and some of the fun, quirky, more affordable stuff in a week or so.

This is my favorite piece that we have at the Village Green. It's little metal dragonflies welded together into the torso of a woman. The dragonfly wings add a finishing touch. This was made by a 16 year old kid who also made female torsos out of leaves, bats, butterflies and Koi. Very talented.

At the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, there is a fabulous giant Minotaur sharing a secret with a bunny. The whole sculpture is made out of wire.

This summer house, woven from various branches, is at Morris Arboretum in Pennsylvania. The birds loved it.

This sculpture isn't big, grand or expensive. What makes it special is that every morning the gardeners place a perfect bloom in it's hands. You can find it in Lotusland near Santa Barbara, California.

This outrageous pergola was found at an art gallery on the McKenzie River in Oregon. When I asked how much it was, the art dealer sniffed "If you have to ask, you can't afford it". What a rude putz. I loved the pergola though because the shadows from it were just as lovely as the original.

The sleeping "Mud Maid" at Heligan is made from mud and cement.


Another mud sculpture from Heligan (in Cornwall) is "The Giant's Head". The base for this was the root wad of an uprooted tree.

9 comments:

Grace Peterson said...

Bravo, Cindee! I love your pics. You captured a wide range of creativity. I love them all. The wire Minotaur and rabbit is amazing. The art dealer was a snooty ass. ... I look forward to your next installment.

Autumn Belle said...

Very creative structures. You do have an eye for good works of garden art. Happy New Year 2010!

Suz said...

Cindee! You are a peach! I love these photos, and being a sort of nut gardener and lover of grandmothers....we are a match! Thank you for your comments about my "grandmother" Hope we have a fabulous writing and blogging friendship
Oh the sleeping mud maiden....I want it so in my garden

azplantlady said...

What amazing structures! The giant's head with the grass hair is my favorite. I found your blog on Blotanical and would like to offer you a belated "Welcome". I look forward to reading more of your blog.

Anna said...

Some lovely art work Cindee. I especially like the dragonfly creation and the statues from the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which I have had the pleasure of seeing in the flesh as it were :) Look forward to getting to know you and your blog better in 2010. A happy new year to you!

John said...

HI: Liza and John's Garden enjoyed our visit to your blog. It's always a pleasure to meet another gardener.

Enjoy Your evening,
John

RainGardener said...

Great garden art. Love the faces. I think it's great that 'Grandmothers' inspired your blog. How neat is that. The art dealer was certainly a jerk! I'd love for him to know I was a millionaire and that I wouldn't waste my money buying his art after that remark even if he paid me. Not nice I know - but fun!

Bangchik said...

hmmm..., creativity at its best!! ~bangchik

CiNdEe said...

Wow those are cool(-: That would be fun to have in the garden(-: