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Pictured here is a statue of Ganesh decked with flowers, plants and fruits as tribute, at the entrance to Victorias Way Indian Sculpture Garden, Co Wicklow.

The garden is a privately owned meditative garden and is notable for its fine collection of black granite statues. The site is 9 hectares in size and features a number of small lakes and forested walks, with beautiful carved statues situated around the forest.

Eight of the statues are dedicated to Ganesh, and show the Hindu God of Success in a variety of positions, including playing musical instruments, reading, and as shown here, in repose surrounded by tribute.

Many of the statues in the park feature small modern tweaks, such as a pint of Guinness beside a Ganesha, and a mobile phone tucked into the robes of a starving Buddha.
All the Ganesha sculptures were made in Tamil Nadu, India, and each took five craftsmen a year to make.

This occasion to visit the gardens was the first where I actually seen people visit the statues for religious reasons, as opposed to just admire the craftmanship. It is wonderful to see this level of diversity in such an unexpected place as the rainy grey mountains of Co Wicklow.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2449 W: 12 N: 5718] (19871)
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