Monday, July 23, 2012

California Wine Country - Sonoma Valley

There are countless Art and Wine festivals happening in California. It's almost a must that art comes with wine, so it's no surprise that all kind of art is popping up here and there in wineries across world famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. And there is no better place to appreciate the beauty of a nude human form than in the middle of a vineyard after several wine testing flights. There are, of course, plenty of replicas of Greek goods and goddess in charge of wine and grapes, but interesting original art is also present.

Let's start with Sonoma.

Vasanti Winery

 As a side note, the wild bore in the background is made form the original mold which was used to cast a bronze bore for the Medici family in 1640 Florence.


Jacuzzi Winery. Sounds like a  hot tub, and there is a good reason for this. Jacuzzi brothers settled in California in 1900s, and one of their descendants, Roy Jacuzzi invented his whirlpool bath, basically creating a new industry. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards was started by Fred Cline to commemorate his grandfather, one of the original Jacuzzi brothers.


Cornerstone Sonoma is a collection of shops and wineries, surrounded by eclectic garden installations created by well known landscape architects. Quirky outdoor and indoor nude sculptures do not always attempt to reflect the human body at its best and nicest, but are still an object of interest, as long as they display human forms.

Sunning Nude, by  Elizabeth Rose

New Idea Slipping In, by Mark Chatterley

Assortment of nude sculptures by Mike Morgan

Turning Figure, by Mike Morgan

One of The Three Graces, by James Moor. It's seems to be a nude, as  the author, according to the description, is "whittling the human figure down to its elemental structure". Yet another attempt to redefine the beauty of the  female body.


Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture Garden, Santa Rosa 

Soul Catcher, by Ron Rodgers

Nyx, by Peter Crompton. Peter and his wife Robyn have also created a fascinating Sculpture Garden on their property in Sonoma Valley - see here

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