Thursday, 6 October 2011

Botanic Gardens, Spring

'Spring' is a Victorian era sculpture located in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is one of the 'Four Seasons' statues that adorn the Palace Gardens Steps. They came from Italy in 1883 from the studio of Charles Francis Summers, an Australian-born sculptor living in Rome. The statues had been located here originally but were then separated and distributed around the gardens, where some lost vital body parts and adornments. They were restored by Australian sculptor Jacek Luszczyk who recreated missing parts. The restored statues were unveiled in their original location in 2010. 'Spring' and 'Summer' are at the top of the steps, with 'Autumn' and 'Winter' at the bottom.

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting us! I love visiting Botanical gardens but we don't have any near where I live.
    Barb

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  2. You have some pretty places to share with us thank you for stoping by. Trish

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  3. very interesting. i like that the set of statues were named after seasons.

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  4. O this statue is wonderful! Elegant! I am sure I remember one or two scattered round the gardens years ago but have never seen one in this condition!

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  5. I like the idea of naming the statues after seasons. This one really does look like "spring"!

    I'm glad they have been restored. I hope the damage was from time and not vandals.

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  6. It must have been a bit challenging to replace the missing limbs. Good to know the four seasons are together again.

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  7. Lovely shot from a beautiful garden. The sign posts are very nice too!

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  8. Thank you for the history! It's great that they restored it so wonderfully, beautiful photo.

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  9. Nice statue.I like the idea that Spring and Summer are at the top of the steps.

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  10. Spring is beautiful. i love visiting botanical gardens.

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  11. Beautiful piece! Great that it's been restored.

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  12. I'm so pleased they have been restored - "Spring" is beautiful!

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  13. Great story Jim. I'm sure the 4 seasons are glad to be back in BG's even if they have mixed appendages.

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  14. I've always liked statues of the four seasons. Thanks for the history on this one.

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  15. So glad these statues were restored, it would have been criminal to just let them lay around somewhere unloved. Spring is gorgeous Jim, I have to try and get to the BG this time I'm over, you've shown me so many things that I've missed on previous trips.

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  16. What a lovely place! It looks so peaceful and calm. :)

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