AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Soul Set Free

This statue of a young girl - seeming to set a bird free - is at Mornington Cemetery on the Mornington Peninsula.
The figure is a slate grey but the bird is gold toned.

Like finding gold wings
Like breathing new life spirit
Like Galatea

For the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea see HERE!
And the name "Galatea" means sleeping love.

The figure is a little classical and yet there is a feeling that this statue may not have been poured from some reusable mould! It seems to have been specially cast for this grave.
(In wanderings of cemeteries, I have not seen a statue like this.)
The grave gives little clue. The headstone seems low and its nameless.

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Sallie ( said...

She is beautiful and, especially considering her location, really makes one want to know the background story.

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Great photos, Gemma. The symbolism is appropriate for the setting.

Dianne said...

She's free and beautiful ... I've not seen anything similar in our cemeteries.

Ann said...

She's beautiful, and unusual.

Sondra said...

ITs a beautiful statue for sure.

Julie said...

The entire flow to the figure is very graceful. The billows to the skirt. The line of the raised arms. Just gorgeous.

I wonder if there was any clue to the monumental masons involved? Now that I have read Nicole's blog, I want to know more about the people who create these carvings. Like you, I always am a bit cynical and figure it to have been yet one of a squillion similar figures.

Isn't it fascinating how markers can range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful sculpture !!! the artist created her so alive looking.

biebkriebels said...

A beautiful sculpture.

Herding Cats said...

Such a beautiful statue.

Gene said...

Lovely statue. Is it definitely a separate grave? Or was it put there as general decoration for the graveyard? I can't tell from the context of the photos.

tapirgal said...

I think a flat cemetery needs a good statue like this. It's a beautiful one!

CaT said...

this is very beautiful. very well pictured too.
i like her skirt!



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