Pictured here is the sculpture known as Paddy Ganesh, or to give it its proper name, Oileann Pipes Ganesh. It is one of the Irish Ganesh statues which feature in Victorias Way Indian Sculpture Garden in the town of Roundwood, County Wicklow.
The sculpture is a wonderful mixture of two very distant cultures, taking the image of the Indian God Ganesh and putting a distinctly Irish touch to it.
Carved from black marble, the elephant god features a traditional Irish cap bedecked with a shamrock, plays the Oileann pipes (a traditional Irish instrument) and wearing a sash featuring a typical Celtic design brooch. It is one of nine statues of Ganesh that feature in the garden, seven of which are either playing instruments or dancing. Other instrument playing carvings include Tabla Ganesh, Veena Ganesh and Flute Ganesh.
The Victoria’s Way collection of black granite Ganesh (Vinayaka) sculptures is considered to be the finest anywhere in the world, including India. It took about 9 years to design, model and carve the whole group. The sculptures range in size from 5ft 6ins to 9ft and weigh between 2 and 5 tonnes each.
The Ganesh statues are only a part of the sculpture garden which also features the forest sculptures which represent the way to liberation achieved by Buddha. The path through the forest represents the stage on the journey to the realization of ones true self.
In the order you find the statues scattered throughout the forest, the individual who responds naturally and spontaneously to the world and who lives an authentic life, completes the journey easily, achieves fulfillment and is rewarded with joy. However, the cultured or over-regulated individual, the one who has lost the capacity to act and respond spontaneously, encounters many obstacles, consequently fails to attain and becomes distressed.
Among the forest sculptures are Bodhi, Dukkha, Muni, Nirvana, Paranirvana and more.
This is a beautiful and unadvertised place in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains, and a place which matches together two ancient cultures which seem at first glance to be of utterly different worlds. The statues are carved with amazing detail, and placed in a soft (and often damp) typically Irish landscape. A place well worth visiting if ever in Ireland.
Thanks for looking!
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Romano46 (16578) 2013-09-12 13:28
sei sempre alla ricerca di soggetti stupefacenti e ci sei riuscito ancora!
Un'altra delle tue belle rappresentazioni che porta una nota esotica nella tradizionale terra irlandese.
Eccellente nitidezza e composizione di tutto rispetto rendono molto gradevople questa bella statua alla quele, come tuo solito, unisci note esaurienti e ricche di paricolari interessanti.
Ciao e buona serata
bukitgolfb301 (34278) 2013-09-12 14:13
Hi dear Noel
Ya this image remind me of India. This image present the deep conncetion between your contry and India so well. Nice snap shot in perfect tight framework via sharp and clear presentation as usual.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
carlo62 (26938) 2013-09-12 14:28
interessante nota, la foto è ben fatta, mi sarebbe piaciuto vedere una persona accanto per poter vedere meglio le dimensioni.
lousat (71485) 2013-09-12 15:40
Hi Noel,a bit strange to see things like this from Ireland..ehhee...a very interesting and original post,i like your choice and the note,no comment about the quality of the pic,another time really perfect.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
photoray (9903) 2013-09-12 18:40
Your Paddy Ganesh statue gave me quite a chuckle and reminds me of the Irish spirit of laughter. I have a good chunk of Irish genetics in me and my uncles were always teasing and laughing at a moments notice.
Indeed Wicklow must be a fine place to visit, and your up close photo hints at the treasures to discover.
Warm regards and chuckles,
jjcordier (72680) 2013-09-12 21:07
Un Ganesh à la cornemuse, voilà qui est très original et qui ne pouvait pas échapper à ton objectif!
pajaran (47888) 2013-09-12 22:36
Interesantan tekst o skulpturi, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana skulptura i detalji.
Imajte lep dana, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the sculpture, with the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful sculptures and details shown.
Have a great day, all the best.
krzychu30 (15260) 2013-09-13 1:11
Looks like Art knows no boundaries.
Amazing and really interesting looking mix of Indian and Irish culture.
Nicely composed and presented scene.The greenery behind the sculpture makes really captivating backdrop for the scene.
And one more thing I find so great,namely the Shamrock-symbol of Ireland on the hat of the sculpture.Small,but very meaningful detail.
Very nice shot and interesting note Noel!
Wish You a nice day
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-13 6:54
Love the title you have given this one it gave me a bit of a laugh and in some ways reminded me of Paddy Moloney from the Chieftans. Nice original piece of artwork and in a strange setting,but on reading your note I can understand why it is there now. Good sharp photo well presented and as usual an informative in-depth note to accompany it.
goodwill (4224) 2013-09-13 9:16
Its nice to find Lord Ganesha enjoying the Irish music and the cap.
Traditionally Lord Ganesha has one of the teeth broken and is always with his mount; a mouse.
Isn't it strange!!
Jai Shri Ganesh Maharaj ki jai,
abmdsudi (38884) 2013-09-13 9:58
What an interesting shot, never expect to see this in Ireland, Noel! The format is great as it shows the full feature of the statue - the Idol holding the unexpected Irish pipes and thks to your lengthy note. Like the simplicity, sharp in focus along with soft shadows and tremendous details while the green bg contributes to making this photo striking and stands out. Above all admire your skill that you have really brought out a great exposure. Congrats, TFS
Hav a great wkend
Fis2 (81546) 2013-09-14 4:42
A very curious sculpture.
I like frame and colors.
ourania (25618) 2013-09-14 14:22
a most intriguing statue, an idea that seems far fetched but looks very attractive at the same time. Both its names are funny but describe the surprising combination of its characteristics effectively. I like very much the closeness of your point of view, the sense of depth and the sharp and clear textures and details. The glimpse of the garden is delightful and the statue gets more mesmerising the longer we examine it. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
jcpix (11058) 2013-09-14 16:57
I understand the entire cultural aspect, and the reverence for the Indian God...but I still can't help but think, how on earth is that instrument played with a trunk?? Another captivating sculpture from these gardens, I find the Irish/Indian mixture to be quite fascinating. My lack of knowledge makes me ignorant I suppose, but it sure seems to be a diverse combination that has created some most interesting work.
Although you've presented a number of pictures from here, each one is so intriguing and carries its own character. Not only that, but this is a true representation of the TE spirit of learning about new places and things through the medium of photography. I'm positive any city council members that knew about this site would be thankful for the exposure of their towns attractions. Not only that, but your notes have once again proved most useful in better understanding the imagery.
I'm curious as to the brighter green portion under the right arm, is that simply just the background leaves or something else...it has a more intense color than the rest?? A well defined photo of the unique sculptures in this garden! Enjoy the day ahead. Take care.
Indrasish (2781) 2013-09-14 21:48
Excellent shot here.. Sorry for my delay critique.. I like the composition and vertical framing.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. It will be also best in BW mode.. And thanks for attaching an interesting note with it.. Very well done..
Good morning and have a nice sunday..
mirosu (12290) 2013-09-16 2:31
Excellent close-up image with nice colors, in perfect light, very good clarity and sharpness. You have chosen excellent tight crop for this nice image. Well done.
fabbs99 (15677) 2013-09-16 20:17
Brilliant shot of the Ganesha statue.Lovely colors and exposure.Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.Very good management of light and sharpness.TFS.
serp2000 (37513) 2013-09-17 12:20
When I saw this thumbnail so my first idea was that it is some Celtic deity ))) But I see I not very mistaken with my jokes. And you wrote this sculpture has got big Irish touch too. Ganesh is one of the most popular souvenirs in India. At least, I have brought a few magnets with them from Goa too.
Best wishes, Noel.
EstudioChispa (1874) 2013-09-20 11:45
I've been off TE for a while and boy, have I missed some great posts from you! I always study your shots of sculptures, and as usual, this one gives many lessons (if only I can suss them out!). I admire the exposure that has brought the black granite into a higher tone, while allowing the greenery in the BG to fall into darker tones. Simply brilliant.
Also instructive is the way you've allowed the mass of the statue to determine a wonderful composition, framed tightly but centered toward the right, with Ganesh's slight lean to the left (viewer's right) working for you, too.
Beyond the foto, your note is up to your standard high quality. It makes me want to jump a plane immediately and walk through the path!
Miguel82 (19457) 2013-09-28 9:56
Dear Noel, happy to discover an Irish version of Lord Ganesh, the elephant god, a brillant adaptation I notice he has a cap (probably to protect him against the regular rain of the local climate) with a clover and a traditional Irish instrument. Your note is complete and contains many useful explanations, thanks, have a nice evening
kim_gwan (416) 2013-11-09 3:28
Besides Ireland - Germany, i learn from you that bilateral relationship bewtween Ireland - India is also rock solid.
Excellent sculpture of this Lord Ganesha holding the traditional musical instrument.