02 May 2011 00:28:54
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.