I have been thinking of getting a statue for my garden. One made of concrete or cast stone that will year after year weather, streak and become less defined: it will become perfect. Granted, I had my coffee this morning perched on top of a couple of bags of mulch, so I could be thinking of more useful garden accessories, but eh. Garden chairs are boring.
I love statues in gardens. No not the kind commemorating some big battle victory with a general on a horse, on a plinth 20 feet high, but the kind with soft worn mossy faces halfway hiding behind a fern. Somehow they add peace to a garden in my eyes, the same way running water might. There is no doubt they can add a major focal point, which, unless I want my focal point to be the palm tree, is something I desperately need.
The Savannah Bird Girl Statue, probably the most famous statue ever to come from this area, thanks to Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (which, if you have any interest at all in the south, or plan to visit, is a must read) is the right style for me and my spot, I think. It stood virtually unnoticed from 1936 until the book was publish in 1994 before it had to be moved from its cemetery plot for safekeeping. I love this statue, but given its fame and proximity and number of replicas in this area alone, it is probably not the one for me.
Charleston itself is replete with statues of course. Its just that kind of place. You see them peeking out of driveways, tucked under camellias and many a Charlestonian has their entire teensy garden planned out around a favorite piece of cement. Many are cherubs, Greek gods, angels, various Madonnas and fair maidens. Some are part of fountains. I saw a gargoyle guarding someone's trashbin area the other day too. Its an interesting concept on how to keep the evil (i.e. raccoons) at bay, I'll give them that.
Here are some of the ones I like, and I'm leaning towards choice #1. If only she were a little taller on a shorter pedestal. The combined height is near perfect (56"). So maybe the search goes on. Well, like I said, I could invest in something to sit on out there instead...