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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bukitgolfb301 (38526) 2012-08-18 1:09
Hi dear Noel
Why Ganesh in Ireland? Yes that proves that so many Indian there, right? Ganesh is very unique God among many Gods in India, I like very much. Stable framework and good day light catch! Thanks for your sharing with finest work and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-08-18 3:17
I really like your POV here which emphasises the lovely round belly of the Ganesh. The first time I travelled to India I was told that it is considered good luck to rub the belly of Ganesh as he is the "remover of obstacles" and so he would help to provide a smooth journey. A lovely concept...who wouldn't benefit from a jolly litle obstacle remover in their life :)
I like your sharpness here which also captures the different textures from the smooth upper torso to the garments. The splashes of colour on the garlands are beautifully presented against the grey granite
Thanks for sharing this little touch of India in Ireland- you find the best little pockets of mulitculturalism
Enjoy your weekend
lousat (85018) 2012-08-18 4:19
HI Noel,very strange to see a statue like this from your country,i thought that you were been in India..ehehe...excellent choice of point of view to create this nice perspective and very good quality too! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-18 7:19
You've had several shots in the past, Noel, of statues or cultural artifacts that are somehow 'out of place' in Ireland; it's a great concept for a series, especially as Ireland often gets the reputation for being quite homogeneous despite the influx of immigrants in recent years.
This is a really nice colorful shot of one of my favorite mythological figures, and I love the pose of the statue - regal, but also kind of suggestive of gluttony and largess. Good bright colors on the flowers that surround him - must be a very active shrine!
Tigerlily (3301) 2012-08-18 9:04
Quite interesting location.. I thought it was in India before I read your note. Nice work, beautiful colour..Have a nice weekend, Noel.
pajaran (56612) 2012-08-18 10:00
Vrlo interesantan i lepa skulptura, ukrasena cvecem.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and beautiful sculpture, decorated with flowers.
Good image sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good lyrics and compositions.
All the best for the weekend.
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-08-18 10:41
awesome picture showing perfectly how different cultures mingle with each other.I think the world as a global village takes on a literal meaning here.
I like the perspective you chose to present us this beautiful sculpture.Excellent clarity and light as well as delightful,vivid colors.Very successful composition.
Have a nice evening
mirosu (15878) 2012-08-18 10:59
You have captured this staue from excellent low angle viewpoint. The staue is in very good light and I also like to see the deep DOF, allowing to see the nice green plants in BG. Well done.
marabu61 (9969) 2012-08-18 15:40
Ganesh in Ireland? So he as emigrated there to ..
Nice POV, looking up to Ganesh gives him due respect. Lovely suroundings he got as well.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-08-19 11:29
What I like about this is the bright colors surrounding the statue. I've taken pictures of a Buddhist Temple and all the themes throughout their gardens, and let me tell you that I was very impressed with the art work that went into not only displaying them, but the amount of work that went into creating these statues. I love the laid back look of Ganesh here, and as always the colorful flowers that adored them. Excellent BG choice, giving your POV a wilderness type atmosphere. Sweet clarity and light management has given this photo a great outcome. Very nice presentation here Noel!!
TFS........Your Friend from California.........Buddy
wolf38 (31284) 2012-08-24 2:17
Hello Noel. Ganesh. This amazing creature is a guarantee of happiness, success, etc. Heavenly Ganesh is worshiped by all the faithful so. I see it also in the many flowers around him. Best regards, Wolfgang.
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-05-30 5:49
really surprised to see a ganesha statue.well ornamented with flowers in ireland.great to see it.
jcpix (13846) 2013-06-04 15:45
Now this is a much better take on the "Elephant Man" from what I remember of the 1980 movie!? (Hope I haven't offended anyone with what could be taken as an insult!) Well, before I put my foot any further in my mouth, I'll stick to the facts. I believe I've mentioned it before, and if so, pardon the repetition...but you have a very pleasing way of photographing and presenting the many statues in your collection. This one fills a sizeable portion of the frame, but is not overpowering and loses its effectiveness. In fact, it's very harmonious with the surrounding environment you've included...which greatly works to its advantage having the colors to contrast the greyscle of the sculpture itself. So doe's the traditional greeting of rubbing his belly also include some good luck? Mine looks similar, but when I try for some good fortune people just find it disgusting!? :) Thanks for sharing another interesting and informative piece of cultural art. Have a great day.
Indrasish (2939) 2013-07-30 6:51
Another great shot of this Ganesha statue.. Lovely composition with this Ganesha statue.. Very well done.. Nice colors and superb image quality.. Ganesha is the symbol of finance and power and another name of Ganesha is GANAPATI.. Thanks for sharing this one.. And your informative note..
Good evening and wish you all the best..
Miguel82 (27024) 2013-11-21 11:10
So beautiful statue of Ganesha the elephant-head god Noel, he is posing with flowers and there are some offerings among other a pear. To add more information to your excellent comment, Ganesh was actually a little boy when his father Shiva came back after years outside home. Shiva was angry and didn't recognize him, then he cutted the head of his own son. His wife Parvati and Ganesh's mother was horrified and pleaded her husband to repair his huge mistake, then he replaces the head of his son with the one of the first animal he saw, it was an elephant
That's the legend, have a nice evening