Gardens of Brookgreen Gardens South Carolina
Edmond Amateis created a Pastoral image of a pair of alabaster maidens semi-draped in flowing robes.
Edward McCartan’s Dionysus is one of the signature images of Brookgreen Gardens. Dionysus (or Bacchus) was a major mythological figure, the god of the grape harvest, wine and winemaking, ritual madness and ecstasy, and here he shimmers in bright gold as a tiger wraps around his lower legs and he points his thyrsus, a fennel staff tipped with a pine cone.
Old Kitchen Garden
C. Paul Jennewein’s Nymph and Faun stands against a rustic latticework backdrop, out for a leisurely stroll together atop a low brick pedestal.
Sandy Scott’s Peace Fountain is a flock of doves hovering around a nest holding an orb.
Sea Urchin Garden
Robert Henry Rockwell’s African Elephant roams the jungle with long, sharp tusks.
Edward Berge and Henry Berge collaborated on Sea Urchin, a cherubic child at the center of a fountain, with real swans gliding all around.
Bryant Baker’s The Afternoon of the Faun represents the half-man, half-goat forest spirit associated with the Greek god Pan. Most of the fauns referenced in the names of sculptures in this garden refer to young deer, not to lecherous forest mutants.
Carl Milles was commissioned in 1949 to create the Fountain of the Muses for New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He sculpted a group of figures to depict the muses that brought to the mortals the gifts from the gods: the poet, architect, musician, painter, and sculptor, orbiting the figure of Aganippe. In Ovid’s Metamorphosis all forms and beings take on alternate shapes and identities, and according to that source, Aganippe was either a nymph or a well. In this famous fountain, she is flanked by a centaur and a faun.
The Met soon realized that the weight of the pool posed a structural hazard to its building and determined that the fountain required an outdoor setting. Through the efforts of trustees and curators, it was moved, after serving several decades as a centerpiece for one of the world’s best-known and most prestigious art collections.
Wheeler Williams created Neptune as a junior version of the mighty god of the deep. This tyke holds a spear and stands on the water, not yet fearsome enough to sink great ships.
Laura Gardin Fraser’s granite Pegasus is set in a serene pool, the winged horse ridden by Bellerophon, taking flight to go slay the Chimera. That’s probably a fluffy white marble cloud effortlessly supporting horse and rider.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens set his Diana high atop a tall column, balancing on a ball with one foot and drawing her bow and arrow.
Gleb Derujinsky recalls a biblical story with Samson and the Lion at the center of a reflecting pool. God granted Sampson superhuman strength so that he could, among several other things, wrestle a lion. Sampson fared better with the lion than he did with a woman.
Gleb Derujinsky also created Ecstasy consisting of two nude figures engaged in a frantic dance, hair flying, arms flung wildly overhead.
Harriet Hyatt Mayor’s Girl With Fish is a triumphant child holding high a fish that she might have just caught with her bare hands.
Live Oak Allee
The very prestigious Daniel Chester French’s Disarmament depicts a warrior looking down at a small child that clutches at his knees. The world-renowned French is best known for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial.
Tait McKenzie brought to the garden The Youthful Franklin, a far cry from that image we all have of a paunchy old man wearing bifocal glasses. A young man with his eye to the horizon wears a three-cornered hat and walks with a bag and a rough-hewn staff.
Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Jaguar captures the muscle power and the athletic grace of a big cat. Cats of all sizes assume this pose, an intense focus on something down below, tail twitching, moments before a predatory pounce.
Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Lion looks like something we’ve seen guarding the entrance of a prominent public building, maybe New York’s Central Library.
Paul Manship Griffin was a mythological beast with the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. The Griffin is also a creature reputed to stand guard over valuable treasures.
Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Diana of the Chase poses low on the water, standing on a globe with her dog beside her on its hind legs.
Edward Fenno Hoffman III’s Child of Peace balances on one foot and clutches a dove to his chest.
Dan Ostermiller’s Scratching Doe captures a deer scratching a spot on her neck with a rear leg, in a gesture we’ve all seen in dogs.
Janet Scudder’s Tortoise Fountain is a cherub holding a bow and arrow while landing with one foot on the back of a box turtle.