Metaling in the Garden is the first ever temporary sculpture exhibit at Sherman Gardens. There are a total of seven metal sculptures uniquely displayed amidst the gardens. Some sculptures were placed in a garden area because there was a natural and artistic symbiosis between sculpture and Garden. (Amaranth, Daphne & Champagne Flute). Other sculptures inspired the horticulture staff to re-design garden areas and create artistic harmony between sculpture and landscape. (A Sunday Afternoon, Transformation & the Dancers). Mary Tarngo is the artistic force behind all but the Champagne Flute. She resides in Manhattan Beach and continues her artistic endeavors. The Exhibit is sponsored by Laguna Nursery, Laguna Beach. All of the pieces are for sale and anyone interested should call Ruben Flores at 949-494-5200
The Exhibit runs May 1st through September 7th
“Dance with me 1 & 2” $3,500
The sun garden has been re-designed to incorporate three sculptures into the landscape. The sculptures entitled “Transformation” and “Dance with me” one and two frolic through a blooming meadow invoking as whimsical carefree atmosphere. Drifts of ornamental grasses move with the breeze as bees and butterflies visit the colorful flowers including: Scabiosa, Verbena, Agastache, Gaura and Penstemon.
The Rose Garden
“Champagne Flute” $2,400
The Champagne Flute by an unknown artist, in the Rose Garden embodies a whimsical effervescence of a fine bubbly. This classic combination of Champagne and Roses is an homage to indulge in the finer things in life and to take a little time to stop and smell the roses.
The Carnivorous Bog
The sculpture entitled “Amaranth” stands as a symbol of immortality. Thought to have special healing properties this plant was used in holistic Chinese medicine and sacred to the ancient Greeks who used to decorate images of the gods and tombs.
The Central Garden
“A Sunday Afternoon” $10,000
Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Created by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Seurat’s technique is now referred to as Neo-Impressionism. The sculpture standing more than 10 ft tall in the central garden is an interpretation of his painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. From a far the lady is stunning but take a closer look to see all the intricate details from the parasol to the flowers adorning her dress.
The Succulent Garden
The succulent garden designed to look like a beautiful river and an underwater seascape, is the perfect location for the next sculpture entitled “Daphne”. Known in Greek mythology as a naiad – a type of female nymph associated with fountains, rivers and other bodies of freshwater. Daphne is pursued by the God Apollo and before she is overtaken, pleads with her father the river god Ladon for help who in turn transforms her into a laurel tree.