Friday, May 15, 2009

Dolphin takes flight guided by slumbering water nymph.

Although I haven't seen it in person, there is a powerful bronze statue of a girl swimming with a dolphin by the Tower Bridge in London. From the number of images one can find of it online I imagine it's very special and quite popular. Photographers take great pains to capture it in every time of day and night. This statue, which in person is very large and impressive, is NOT in London. Although it could be by the same artist I suppose. And, you wouldn't find it in front of many Colonial-style homes in Sharon, Connecticut or on a farm house in Western New York State. (It might very well scare the cows, horses, passersby and certainly the small folks...cover their eyes, please.) It's on a residential street in South Tampa. Much of the house and statue are obscured by tons of native tropical plants that are awakening after two days of good, heavy rains. Without paying attention as you drive by, I guess it's possible to miss the little nymph but I'm sure the neighbors have an opinion and are aware of her taking up residence on the block. It's BIG and it's installed in a round fountain-like pool. It may be a fountain but with our tight water restrictions it wouldn't be operating anyway. I was surprised to find a bronze artwork of this size and quality in someone's front yard. To exaggerate a little, it's almost as as big as the house itself. To my mind it would never be a statue you'd say, "Gee, honey, that would fit just perfect in our little front yard." Plus, one wouldn't expect this particular creation to be plopped down at the front door taking up so much space. Unless your home is in the 5-10,000 square foot size range. But, here it is. And it IS beautiful and dramatic. Especially framed against the very tall Banana plant behind it. I'll keep an eye on it for when the water restrictions are lifted. If it is a fountain, it might just begin to draw a larger crowd than London's. Right. The line forms at the corner. Any day now.


7 comments:

Hilda said...

I like it. But then I've always been enamored of dolphins. I hope your water restrictions get lifted soon — would love to see it with water flowing.

valeria said...

It's so lovely...

Frank said...

I visited your Mid Morning Coffee and really like the main photo of the cup. I have one from St. Marks Square in Venice at the famed csfe with cups and silver tray that I like too. There's something special about a good coffee. Thank you visiting Tampa Daily Photo. I hope you will be a regular.

This statue and the girl are gorgeous and so unexpected where I found her.

Vogon Poet said...

You said that: unexpected! I know quite well the London statue (yes I photagraphed it days and nights!) and this is really a close relative.
If you find something more about it, please let us know.
Thank you for your comment, I am really glad to know that these ships are as good inside as they look outside and on their ads.

Lois said...

I love dolphins, so this is very nice! I enlarged it so I could see the detail and noticed there is a flag hanging in the background!

Frank said...

LOIS: The flag is handing right beside the front door. If you could see how really GIANT this statue and fountain are. Hard to believe.

Vogen Poet:

We sailed in and out of your city from Elba so we could visit Flroence for the first time. (We've been back more than once.) After Livorna went sailed to Rampello and then east. Wind Star was in port on the isles of Greece when we sailed in once on a Costa ship. Thay are very SPECIAL. I'm glad you like the dolphin nymph. It is spectacular but almost hidden from all but passersby in their cars in the neighborhood. Thanks for a peek at Livorno.

Don and Krise said...

I too would like to see either a photo of this with the water, or maybe a night shot if the lighting is good.