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Victorias Way is an Indian Sculpture garden situated in Co Wicklow in Ireland.
The garden features a unique collection of statues, including the collection of black granite Ganesh (Vinayaka) sculptures which are without doubt the finest anywhere in the world, including India. It took about 9 years to design, model and carve the whole group. The sculptures were dreamt up and sketched in Roundwood in Ireland, then modelled by the artist D.V. Murugan in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. They were carved in Mahabalipuram by one of India’s most outstanding sculptors, the stapathi master T. Baskaran.

The statue featured here is one of the forest sculptures, and it titled "When One becomes Two; Separation & Relativization"

Alone, the ONE ‘waits’ prior to time, space and form, hence empty of identifiable realness. Though virtually whole, complete and perfect, she remains unfulfilled because she cannot experience her identity as real.

To become self-identified, real, fulfilled, and joyful too, she needs an other. She creates otherness by splitting herself. In short, she enters the world of relativity, time and space. By so doing she becomes incomplete, virtually unfulfilled. That’s confusing, stressful, painful, sorrowful.

The ‘Other’ functions as alternate whole but incomplete, hence identifiable self. It’s when the One incomplete whole touches, reunites with the ‘Other’ incomplete whole that both become (momentarily) wholly self-identified, real, complete, fulfilled, perfect and joyful too.

At the moment of reunification of the One with the other the One becomes wholly self-realised, in other words, the One experiences her true potential as an actual real identity. She responds to self-realization with rapturous joy.

However, the joyful experience of the One and the Other becoming One whole identifiable reality lasts only for a moment. Then the re-united One is again alone, unreal and unidentifiable and must split again in order to re-unite again to re-experience her identity as whole reality again, and so on and on ad infinitum.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2473 W: 12 N: 5792] (20143)
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