In honor of the opening of Cashin’s Sculpture Garden located right here in Alpharetta this Saturday, we thought we’d travel around the world to see some of our favorite sculptures.
Ready, Set, Go!
Our first stop is Irving, Texas where we meet the wild Mustangs that represent their drive, initiative and unfettered lifestyle. Can you imagine these Mustangs running through the open lands in Texas?
Next stop…The Big Apple, of course! This deep thinker ponders the idea that “From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically ‘un-contained’?”
The Big Apple strikes again with this pro-peace sculpture of a 45-caliber revolver with its barrel knotted into a bullet-blocking twist. The sculpture was created to commemorate the shooting of his pal John Lennon and who doesn’t miss The Beatles everyday!
“Imagine all the people, Living life in peace”
Okay, enough of New York! Lets move on to Portland, Oregon where we all know they have a bit of a Salmon fetish. Isn’t it obvious with 33 painted, gilded, and beaded salmon sculptures scattered around their downtown? It’s definitely a highlight of visiting Portland to spot all of the Salmon around downtown.
Well I guess a Salmon fetish is better than having a giant shark in your roof? Moving on to the Oxford, UK to see why Bill Heine commissioned this piece in 1860. He said “the shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation…. It is saying something about CND, nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki.”
Hmm….I wonder if he was inspired by Sharknado?
Pigs!! Now, this is a little less scary. How could you not just adore Truffles, Horatio, Oliver, and Augusta! These little piggies are walking the street, greeting shoppers, and sniffing out a bargain outside a mall in Australia.
Now that we are all smiles again lets dive into something a little deeper in Budapest, Hungary. The shoes along the west bank of the Danube River represent the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II. The shoes were left behind after they were ordered to take them off and then shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. How tragic! Back to John Lennon….”Imagine all the people, living life in peace”
Whew, Sorry for the whirlwind of emotions right now! We are now in Marseilles, France. This artist created these bronze men posed as though they are heading off to work with their brief case in hand. Okay, well what is the big deal with that? I go to work everyday and I don’t have a bronze sculpture sculpted after me. Well they are missing a part of their torso and/or leg which is kinda unique. Partial invisibility? Defying Physics? I mean that is kinda cool. Well actually these sculptures suggest incompleteness, as though a comment on the unwholesome life of the modern urban worker or on the skittish, partially-inhuman nature of the modern city. Bruno, you have out done yourself.
And back to some horses in Scotland. This magnificent sculptures represent the horse powered heritage across Scotland which created to help improve navigation from East and West Scotland. Andy Scott’s artistic development and imagination of The Kelpies came from the original concept of mythical water horses and taking “that concept and moved with it towards a more equine and contemporary response, shifting from any mythological references towards a socio-historical monument intended to celebrate the horse’s role in industry and agriculture as well as the obvious association with the canals as tow horses.” These Kelpies much more beautiful than the one in that movie called The Water Horse and that is saying a lot because he was quite adorable especially as a young lad.
Our final stop is right here in Hotlanta and you get to be the first to spot some of your own favorite sculptures! Jack Cashin is opening the Cashin Sculpture Garden this Saturday! Be on the look out for dk artist Kevin Chambers and friends Doyle Rogers, Steve Steinman, and Jiovanni Tallington! Hope to see you there!