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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parvatibb (1295) 2012-06-24 12:09
This a very interesting a sculpture. A little bit scary! Wish it was from an different angle so I could see the 'other's' face a little bit.
PJE (20758) 2012-06-24 21:16
Hello Noel. I saw this in the main posting gallery this morning and thought I would return to comment this evening. I find the comments you made on this very intriguing, and this sculpture itself is very stunning and captivating emotionally. I have only one word to say...very unique...kind of sinister... graphic in alluding to the lower tendencies in our human nature... I for one would not like this in my house or even back yard...perhaps I am openly admitting to being too conservative for this kind of preference...but I openly admit I am drawn to it...Can you explain? Thanks for a very unique capture.
mirosu (10234) 2012-06-25 9:57
Noel, I'm not commenting the subject but your photowork. And I must admit this is a very good, high quality, photo. Why? Because it shows you’ve thought about the lighting, and the great contrast against the green foliage in the BG. The composition is also very good. Maybe I'd suggest to leave more space on the bottom side. Well done.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-06-25 11:28
OK, WOW!! I'm horrified and turned on at the same time. Excellent POV and find, with stunning clarity and perfect color and light management. This had to be a real pain to cast with all the details here. I'd love to see the entire process of making this Sculpture, great job here Noel!!
TFS..........Your Friend from California.........Buddy
delpeoples (50323) 2012-06-26 0:12
Jaysus Joseph Mary and the wee donkey! I nearly choked on my cuppa tea when I saw this - and I mean that in a nice way. It actually reminds me of my sister and her first boyfriend (she's nearly 6 feet tall and he was 5"4...shudder). So good on you for taking a chance with the subject matter, yet again a weird and wonderful sculpture and an intriguing - and thought-provoking - note. Good colour, depth and sharpness. Vertical frame was the only way to go here, good choice.
Thanks again for sharing - and for giving me a laugh
berek (32296) 2012-07-09 8:56
It's so interesting. Thanks for very good note. Good light managed and clear taken.
Waylim (24370) 2012-07-17 15:59
Photo quality is really good with vivid details of the sculpture, even the expression of the main subject to the small details on the snake skin and skull. Not sure I would like this garden, certainly don't want to be here after dark :) This is actually kind of scary. I would be frighten to see this as a little kid.
ACL1978 (6871) 2012-08-03 13:18
Just came across this one in your collection, Noel - a bizarre and fascinating sculpture to say the least, which you explain quite well in the note. The two-tone creation helps it translate well to photography, as does the rich setting, but it's the almost grotesque but artistically stunning sculpture itself that is the main attraction here. Nice shot!
thebest (4202) 2012-08-30 7:26
This is an interesting statue - a bit on the erotic side & some weird things happening here the right heal of the young girls foot - strange!!!
Anyway despite the subject the colours of the grey & bronze stand out really well with the bright green grass... good lighting - I hope you do not mind me saying I think the image is just a little off - minor detail.
Kindest regards Noel,
kim_gwan (416) 2013-01-04 3:54
My jaw dropped when i saw this, i cant explain in words how amazing this sculpture is coupled with your description.
But at the same time, it also makes me thought off another thing, you know what i mean.
Hat off to you.
jcpix (8402) 2013-02-10 18:14
Good morning Noel,
What an interesting piece of art, to say the least! Very informative note you've provided, thanks for giving the description of what's going on here...I'm sure this could have been interpreted many different ways!? I really like the three distinct colors in this photo, they contrast well with one another and help give definition and dimension to the image as a whole. This is virtually one of those things that you don't want to look at, but can't turn away. Very polarizing type of image, thanks for sharing this unique sculpture. I'm sure this has made just about everyone do a double take at first glance! :)
Have a great week.
serp2000 (35136) 2013-12-26 12:05
I have fresh idea to visit these places very soon. This scene reminds me the pictures of Boris Vallejo. You can look it in Google. I think it looks more Western for India. Just a fantasy style. ))
Anyway, excellent presentation of the art work!
best wishes and Happy New Year!