April 2013


Oh how we love the Savannah Bird Girl statue; a graceful work of art, named after a lovely Southern town. Her imagery fits right in with the billowy Candler Oak trees draped in Spanish moss that are common place in Savannah, Georgia. 

Although she is known for her Southern roots, the statue was originally sculpted in 1936 by Sylvia Shaw Judson in Lake Forest, Illinois. Four original statues were made from the plaster cast. Afterwards, the cast was donated to Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois.

The most famous statue was placed in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. The family who purchased the statue named it “Little Wendy” and designated as her their family plot. This beauty stood many years without much attention. She did not achieve recognition until 1994, when a photo of The Bird Girl appeared on the cover of the best selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt. She was also featured in the movie of the same name. 

Her notoriety had become too much. Some visitors begin chipping off pieces to take as souvenirs. At last, the Bird Girl found a resting place at the Telfair Museum in Savannah where she is safe.

While chipping nor cameras are welcome (thankfully) at the museum, it is still possible to have your own piece of her… in whole. Replicas are available through Statue.com. Our Savannah Bird Girl fountain would look pretty fabulous in your garden! 

 

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What is your favorite garden statue?

We love how neat and functional sundials are. Did you know the use of sundials dates back to 3500 BC? Talk about old school!

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Did you know Gargoyles can be traced back much further then the popular medieval notion? Gargoyles were used in Ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman and Grecian architecture, commonly adorning structures in the form of lion heads. Medieval, Gothic gargoyles were not seen until after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. These Gargoyles were usually creatures carved out of stone with distorted faces or a mixture of different animals know as Chimeras. Churches often used Gargoyles to convey a message of good and evil. They were also said to ward off evil spirits. The most well known example would be Notre Dame de Paris. Notre Dame’s Gargoyles are not only aesthetic but functional too.

Gargoyles also serve a greater purpose then just cool ornamental structures. Their main function is to divert water off of buildings, alleviating masonry from water damage. In fact, the Italian phrase for gargoyle “gronda sporgente” translates to “protruding gutter.” Grotesque is the term used to describe ornamental stone figures that do not convey water. The use of Gargoyles faded out during the early eighteenth century when downspouts became commonplace. The British Parliament even passed an act in 1724, requiring all new construction to use downspouts. The need for government intervention is attributed to Gargoyles falling from buildings and causing damage.

Gargoyles may not have a common place in modern architecture but we think they add character to any home or garden. After all this guy is pretty lovable… acnsndg13

Statue of Liberty

American’s most iconic statue has been quite lonely since it was closed for a face lift in October of 2011. A day after it’s opening, October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy spread her wrath over the East Coast preventing her from visitors once again. The Statue of Liberty was spared direct damage but Liberty Island was not so lucky. An estimated $59 million worth of damage was done to her habitat. Flooding encompassed 75 percent of the island, destroying Lady Liberty’s electrical and communication systems. Visitors have since been forced to admire her beauty from afar while the damage is being repaired. To make matters worse, between the fiscal cliff and budget cuts caused by the sequester it was not looking good for the reopening of Lady Liberty.

However, there is good news! Despite all of the chaos, the National Park Service has announced the national monument will reopen on July 4th, 2013.  We at Statue.com cannot think of a better way to celebrate the nation’s birthday. We have many Statue of Liberty replicas in our inventory to add spice to your own celebration. We even have a Statue of Liberty Snowman if you need a little cool on the upcoming hot days. 

Tell us: Have you visited our Lady of Liberty? What did you take away from the experience? 

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