Pictured here is a statue named Reading Ganesh, at Victoria's Way Indian Sculpture garden near the town of Roundwood, Co Wicklow.
In the garden, there are total of nine statues of Ganesh (Vinayaka) in a variety of positions. Here we see reading Ganesh, but also there is a reclining Ganesh, Tabla Ganesh, Veena Ganesh, two dancing Ganesh and even an Uilleann Pipes Ganesh also known as Paddy Ganesh, a nod to the fact that these very Indian sculptures reside in the green mountains of Wicklow.
The collection of black granite Ganesh sculptures are considered to be the finest in the world, and it too nine years to design, model and carve the entire set. Their sizes range from five foot six inches to nine foot tall and they weight between two and five tons.
The sculptures were dreamt up and sketched in Roundwood in Ireland, then modeled 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 visitors centre has a photographic exhibit showing the statues being crated by the Indian craftsmen. It is fascinating to see these mighty sculptures take form from single blocks of granite hewn from the earth.
In addition to the Ganesh statues, there is also the forest sculptures which represent the stages on the journey to the full realization of one’s true self. These statues are quite intense and feature rather fearsome looking characters in most of them, including the split man (Who is cutting himself in half with a sword and whose head is cleaved in two), the Death of the Ferryman which a man looking very like a rotting zombie reaching from the water as his boat sinks, and One becomes Two, depicting the act of sex, and in which a half woman / half demon has her tentacles and claws wrapped around a much smaller man as he looks terrified while he clutches at her naked bosom.
One thing to keep an eye out for is the modern touches on many of the statues. The picture of the Starving Buddha (Dark Night of the Soul) which I posted yesterday features a mobile phone tucked into the robes at the rear of the statue. On one of the instrument playing Ganesh statues there is a tiny mouse who is holding an iMac computer, and in this one pictured here, the book Ganesh is reading is about Computer Basic. Almost all of the Ganesh statues feature a tiny mouse somewhere in the carving.
Paddy Ganesh pays his traditional Irish musical instrument, wears a tweed cap and even has a pint of Guinness sitting on the ground beside him.
This is a very interesting, and very little known place only a shot drive from south Dublin.
Thanks for looking!
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Fis2 (99794) 2014-06-01 8:48
A very curious statue.
Good POV and composition.
I like colors.
luciola (2960) 2014-06-01 8:53
An interesting figure nicely localise in a pleasant landscape.
serp2000 (44612) 2014-06-01 9:36
But I do remember another Ganesh sculpture from Ireland in your gallery too. Oh, yes, I have write about them. Good asymmetric composition, and very informative note again.
emka (100059) 2014-06-01 11:38
Hello Noel, Many thanks for this reading Ganesh! I always travel with a small bronze Ganesh figure for luck, so it is a real pleasure to see it. Pity there is noone standing nearby to imagine the scale . Wonderful composition. Beautiful also the park behind the statue.
WArm regards MAlgo
carlo62 (50143) 2014-06-01 14:51
bella statua e bella foto, ottimamente decentrata per dare spazio al verde che completa l'immagine in modo rilassante.
Sono d'accordo con Malgo, con una figura accanto sarebbe stato più facile capire le proporzioni, ma non sempre si può avere tutto.
snunney (100850) 2014-06-02 2:31
Now this figure I do recognise despite the added touches:-) You have captured it beautifully in this thoughtfully composed image. Superb light management and control over depth of field; I like very much that we can see clearly into the far distance whilst maintaining the statue in pin sharp detail. Excellent colours and clarity.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-02 2:53
Ganesh is a favourite Indian god and this one has a very friendly form and appearance Noel. I do find it quite strange that there is an Indian Sculpture Garden in Wicklow but I guess that there are some reasons behind the theme. I must say Ganesh looks quite at home in the green environs of Ireland but perhaps as he is reading about Basic he should be transported to Bangalore!
Well composed and cleanly executed a good but puzzling image.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-02 4:32
well this is certainly something I would not have expected to see in the Emerald Isle! It looks amazing in this setting and top marks for originality here as well as the informative commentary. Like it - want one in my garden :-)
Have a good week - B.
delpeoples (58618) 2014-06-02 4:42
Is this the same park where there's the sculpture of the Vagina Dentata? I still get nightmares from that one. And every time I brush my teeth :O Anyway, I'm sure Malgo will enjoy Ganesh having a read. I was waiting for you to tell us he was actually sitting on the jacks whilst reading his book. I love your note and it's interesting to learn more of Paddi-Indian culture.
Nice work, thanks for sharing
photoray (13981) 2014-06-02 6:45
Fine view of the Reading Ganesh, within the Victoria's Way Indian Sculpture Garden. From your informative background note this would certainly be a worthy place to visit.
And an interesting cooperative blend of Irish and Indian culture, the classical Ganesh sitting in the lush green Irish landscape. Plus a bit of modern with the addition of computer apps.
abmdsudi (55208) 2014-06-02 20:37
A strong background interest and the lively colours complements the subject matter really good. A well fined shot with the smart looking idol full face and perfectly placed. The impressive eye-level shooting angle creates an excellent perspective and depth pulling the eye along. A pleasant short, adequate clarity and the contrast is hard to igore, a real cool Ganesh, pleasure to view, Congrats
mesutilgim (95554) 2014-06-03 10:48
Hello dear Noel,
I'd missed them ! Interesting to see part of Indıan culture in Ireland !
Not only the capture itself but also your rich notes are very good and a perfect TE job.
TSF and best regards
nikkitta (17066) 2014-06-03 11:43
I am late but can t resist to comment my beloved Ganesh, the friendly indian God, a charming statue and composition with the very green garden at the back
Informative note also
Well done, regards
ourania (47166) 2014-06-03 14:17
I like this statue very much, I hope it doesn't sound disrespectful if I say I find it very cute and lovely. You are offering us an excellent description of it, fine details, and textures, appealing dark tones and a 3D effect against a beautiful, brighter backdrop. You used the mild light very effectively, there aren't any disturbing shadows on Reading Ganesh and the quiet mood goes so well with his fine and peaceful occupation. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-06-03 23:45
The reading Ganesha is new concept.In India, Ganesha is considered to be the deity of good luck and success.Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles,the patron of arts and sciences and the deity to provide intellect and wisdom.Nice shot with good colors.TFS.
mkamionka (37855) 2014-06-06 6:25
very typical Irish scene :)
I have indeed never heard of it. This is very pretty. I like the natural background, I believe it may be Sugar Loaf far in the distance.
mcmtanyel (24041) 2014-06-30 20:59
Thanks for bringing these interesting statues to our attention. I am enjoying looking at them and reading about them. Nice composition here and the background complements the effect.
adores (45717) 2014-07-03 15:40
Good to see you have statues of Ganesh there, they must be a great attraction! This one is really interesting and it's very well framed, with the park in background.
Another good photo to your series!