Man Carving His Own Destiny – by Albin Polášek

Man Carving His Own Destiny
Albin Polášek
Indiana Limestone, 1961
Brookgreen Gardens – Murrells Inlet, SC

I very much like the description on the placard sign about the artist’s vision of “man chiseling himself, struggling to hack out his own character, carving his future by the effort of his will.”   This aligns in my mind with an individual’s effort to create the best person they can be during their short sojourn on this Earth – sloughing off the ultimately meaningless, mundane elements of the world that try to drag us under.  Self-actualization alive in limestone!


Under the beautiful Live Oaks of the south!



Cycle of Life – Paul Howard Manship

I share here two versions of the same beautiful sculpture – each with their own unique finish.  The Brookgreen Gardens version is a natural bronze whereas the Speed Art Museum example has a gold finish.  Both are gorgeous!  Paul Manship is one of my favorites.  The theme, particularly with the use of an armillary, is appealing to me!  My garden armillary pales by comparison.  🙂

Cycle of Life
Paul Howard Manship
Bronze, 1924
Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet, SC) & Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY)