Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Domain, Sphinxes

These two sphinxes sit on either side of the pathway opposite the Art Gallery of New South Wales, along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The sphinx in Greek mythology was a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a woman. These sculptures are bronze casts of the two original sandstone sphinxes that sat near the swings on the eastern side of Art Gallery Road for many years. The bronze casts were commissioned by the Friends of The Botanic Gardens and unveiled here in 1997.

14 comments:

  1. They are beautiful statues and are a great greeting at the entrance of the gallery.

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  2. They look very impressive guarding the entrance to the path Jim! It's such a pain that Perth opted not to have daylight saving AGAIN, it's only 9pm here and you guys are already into Tuesday!!

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  3. Wonderful aged patina on these sphinxes!

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  4. I would have thought they were much older. They would blend in with the other older statues nearby.

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  5. Love the sphinxes and what a lovely looking place! Great capture as always, Jim! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  6. They're beauties!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. May they bring you all nothing but happiness.

    Please have a good Tuesday.


    daily athens

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  8. These sphinxes look as though they are hundreds of years old! Beautiful!

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  9. Pieces of Sunshine, the green patina on the bronze makes them look so much older.

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  10. beautiful. sydney is really full of art wherever you turn.

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  11. Marvellously melodramatic! And incongruous!! Love the unexpected ...

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  12. Hi there - interesting looking beasts - agree that the patina makes them look older.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  13. Nice shot, I'm surprised at how little they have been rubbed.

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