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Indian Gods

02 May 2011 00:28:54
The statue I want!

The statue I want!

Today we visited Victor's Way, which is a meditative park near Roundwood, Co Wicklow. While not technically a garden, the park is full of giant hand-carved stone statues that were shipped from India.

The statues are very impressive and depict the Indian pantheon, among which, Ganesh, the elephant-headed god and my personal favourite.

Later statues are the result of a fusion between Indian culture, Irish mythology and modern day considerations. Many are disturbing, but always impressive and thought provoking. A walk through the woods reveals the statues and unfolds a metaphorical 'journey'.

While the philosophy of the journey was lost on me, I enjoyed the walk through the woods. I did feel, however, that the whole experience could have been substantially enhanced by a bit of thoughtful planting!

I would have dearly loved one of those marvellous Ganeshes to adorn my garden. I wouldn't be greedy and would happily settle for the small, reclining one pictured. Wouldn't he look fab under a few Ricinus leaves?

I have put up an album of photos for anyone interested.

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andyf7 andyf7 02 May 2011 00:59:57

em,..., the durga one is interesting! i think you have a mission to provide the perfect planting companions, for all these figures, i believe you can do it, and so does ganash!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 May 2011 06:54:12

Strange place. But sometimes 'strange' is good. I agree, it could do with a bit of planting to enhance all those statues.

Did you see me in your last photo with Norman? Diet is going well!!!  :)

fran m fran m 02 May 2011 07:14:20

Great photo, planting needed for sure.

ladygardener ladygardener 02 May 2011 09:20:15

Sounds like an interesting visit!  I had one of those elephant gods made of white soapstone but it had gone a bit grey so I put it into the dish washer to whiten it up.  Lesson learnt don't put soapstone into the dishwasher - Ganesh doesn't look quite as godly without his trunk

Cloncaw Cloncaw 02 May 2011 11:29:05

The boys enjoyed the day looking at your album never heard of the place before agree it needs some planting to appeal to gardeners.

Rachel Rachel 02 May 2011 12:49:52

Andy, my boys had lots of questions, let me tell you. I believe Durga is a 'dangerous goddess, to be placated with blood sacrifice. Ganesh is more my thing :)

Ha, was that you, Jacinta? Goodness, I'm surprised he got away with the bell intact :)

For our tastes anyway, Fran.

Eh, poor old Ganesh, Anne :(

They did indeed, Geraldine.

brigette brigette 02 May 2011 15:00:44

Interesting place, good pics!

ladygardener ladygardener 02 May 2011 21:23:50

Wow just had a chance to look at the photo's what an interesting place.  I would never have known there was such a place in Ireland thanks a mill!


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