Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Buenos Aires - Botanical Garden

Before posting this entry, I've looked up "Buenos Aires Botanical Garden" on Google, and in addition, specifically checked Frommer's Travel Guide. I was amused to find out about things which visitors were most impressed about. Invasion of cats (that's true), central greenhouse (well, ok), plants from all over the world (as in any botanical garden), myriad of walkways,  nice fountains, and so on. And almost no mentioning of one of the most amazing collection of outdoor statues by Spanish, Italian, French and Argentinian sculptors,  majority of them nude, and all beautiful.

The garden was designed by an architect and landscape designer Carlos Thays, and inaugurated in 1898. It covers 15 acres, and is home to 7000 species of plants. The garden was practically abandoned of a period of time, but partially resorted just recently and declared a historic monument.



 
 Each angle of this statue is so nice, it's hard to choose a photo
 

 Saturnalia, by Ernesto Biondi, 1909. According to the description, "Saturnalia was a large and important public festival in Ancient Rome... Here you can see 10 people drunk or in funny attitudes...slenderness and voluptuousness of the female figures...". We can also see a sculptor on par with Rodin.

This is the only copy of the sculpture, the original is located in Rome's Museum of Modern Arts. The copy had a complicated history, it was pushed around till 1987 as inappropriate before being installed in the Garden.
 
Drunk and voluptuous...

 
 Flora Argentina, Emilio Adino, Argentina, 1875-1935
 
 Purity, Alfredo Rigatti
 

 Sagunto, Augustin Querol, Spain,  1952-1909.
Represents a real event in the history of Spain, Valencia, whose inhabitants preferred the sacrifice of their lives rather than surrender to the conquering troops of Hannibal 218 AC
 
Indigenous Flora, Pendal Leguzamon  Gozalo, Argentinian (1890-1944)

 
 The sign: The awakening of Nature, Juan de Pari, Italian, 1857-1934
 
 
The sign: I Tiempo de la VI Sinfonia, De Ludwig Van Beethoven. Tomassi Leone

The sign: V Tiempo de la VI Sinfonia, De Ludwig van Beethoven. Tomassi Leone
 
 
The sign: IV Tiempo de la VI Sinfonia de Beethoven, Leone Tomassi
 
Venus

La Soberania (Sovereignty)

 
 A nice sculpture must be seen from different angles...
 
Flora
 
 
Amazona
 
 
Banista (Bather) Falconet Mauricio Esteban, French (1716-1791) 
 
I don't know the name of this statue, and it's not in line with the rest, but is very touching.

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