Wrought Iron Arts: Sculpture Garden
Located adjacent to Wrought Iron Arts blacksmith and welding school : 707-First Ave. S.W. Largo, FL. 33770
Wrought Iron Arts students are invited to take their class lunch break dining under the oak trees on our wrought iron tables and chairs in our “Sculpture Garden”
The Sculpture Garden consists of four major 8-16 foot displays as well as several smaller displays hidden among the plants and trees.
The major sculptures are as follows:
In Chinese Philosophy, the concept of Yin Yang is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world. Many natural dualities such as: male/female, dark/light, hot/cold, life/death, and so on… are thought of as physical manifestations of the Yin Yang concept. Yin and Yang are actually complementary, not opposing, forces interacting to form a whole greater than either separate part. The Sea Turtles represented in this sculpture are one male and one female as well as one swimming up and one swimming down. The two turtles together are resemblant to the Yin Yang symbol. Named to honor eastern thought.
Venus De Largo:
Venus: the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, and prosperity. Named to honor the women of Largo, Florida where the sculpture is located.
Beltane is a Gaelic and Celtic festival (early May 6th or 7th) celebrating the beginning of summer or more precisely the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth. A time of rebirth, of spring in the northern hemisphere. Named to honor the rebirth of the earth.
Some modern scholars agree with the classical Roman and Greek authors that the most likely derivation for the word “druid” was the combination of the Gaelic word for oak, Duir, which meant “men of the oaks” and the Indo-European root wid- to know (Duir-wid). Giving their interpretation of the word Druid as “One with knowledge of the oak” or “Wise person of the oak”. The flames of the torch represent “the light” a metaphor for knowledge and the male nude the actual Druid. Those who possessed knowledge of the oak possessed knowledge of all trees. The Druid was one with “knowledge of the trees” and was a “Forest Sage”. Named to honor the great oak for which he is attached.
The Big Bang:
An abstract rendition of the birth of the universe.
Bridges To Nowhere:
No deep meaning here. Just a recreation of the artist’s dream of “Bridges to Nowhere.”
Abstract vision of class warfare. A state of being “locked out” of social opportunities in sculptural form.
The Recluse Obtuse:
Find the reclusive obtuse triangle among the other triangles. A kind of Geometric where’s Waldo!
Made in honor of my math (geek) college professor sister Leslie Buck