Thursday, 19 August 2010

Botanic Gardens, The Satyr

The Satyr is a bronze cast of a 1924 sculpture by Frank ‘Guy’ Lynch located in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was modelled on the artist’s brother, whose death inspired Kenneth Slessor to write his poem 'Five Bells'. In Greek mythology, the Satyrs were half human and half goat deities of the woods and mountains. They were companions of the gods Pan and Dionysus.

25 comments:

  1. A satyr! How did I miss this one in the Botanic Gardens?
    Nice!

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  2. Enjoyed this post very much and that is such a great photo. Thanks for the links. Very interesting post. I also wanted to thank you for letting me know about the Cai Guo-Qiang overhead exhibit you posted. Who would have thought we would have the same opportunity of seeing this particular work.
    An English Girl Rambles

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  3. I really enjoy the statue, though frankly am not crazy about its surroundings. I think it could be nicer framing of flowers and shrub around it.

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  4. This is a sad story, about the early demise of the two talented brothers, Jim. I do wonder why Frank used a satyr to memorialize his brother... except perhaps that the satyrs were part divine and liked to revel. Quite the sculpture.

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  5. Wonderful sculpture. I like the way the artist has imagined The Satyr.

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  6. oh wow..possibly one of the oddest statues I've seen which is maybe why I like it so much. Modelled after his brother? what a tribute!

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  7. Now you are way out of my knowledge range. You know where sooo many sculptures are that I have never even seen. Love old ones like todays probably more than the more modern ones like yesterdays.

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  8. Dina and Julie, if you're ever looking for this one in the Botanic Gardens, it is located near the Opera House gate, not far from the Man O'War Steps that I featured yesterday.

    fredamans, you have to remember that we're in the middle of winter in Australia at the moment. Some of those surrounding plants will look a lot better in spring and summer.

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  9. After reading your blog I must get to Sydney and really have a look around. Thanks. I am now following your posts with interest...

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  10. Thanks Dave. Great to have you on board. There's some recent posts on Cockatoo Island that you might be interested in.

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  11. I used to be afriad of the Satyr.

    A lot of the women are hoping that the crown will be skippped, and will go directly to Willaim, otherwise, you know who, ( my least favorite woman ) will becoem queen, ARH!!!!!

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  12. Lovely sculpture, just right for a botanic garden.

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  13. Hola J Bar.
    ¡Bienvenido! gracias por la visita a mi blog.
    Un saludo.

    Hello J Bar
    Welcome! thanks for the visit.
    A greeting.

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  14. Hey! Thanx for dropping by!! Haven't visited Sydney in AGES, but looking at your pix I'm thinking I should return real soon! Have a great day!

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  15. This is really how I imagine a satyr would be. A very nice statue ina perfect setting.

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  16. I never been to a Botanic Garden in a while. Nice to know more about Sydney. And thanks for the comments and visit. :)

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  17. Hey, great pics of Sydney. So long since I've been down. A satyr no less. Thanks for dropping by my travel blog..:D

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  19. i like your botanic garden series...brings back memories.
    Rosie

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