Botanical Garden Carlos Thays invites you for open-air happening and art gallery in Buenos Aires gardens, so open up all senses to see and feel the Natural Beauty in scenery of Beautiful Nature....
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Botanical Garden Carlos Thays: Open-air Art Gallery
Free Botanical Garden Carlos Thays Pictures invite you for open-air happening, art gallery in Buenos Aires gardens, open up all senses to see and feel the Natural Beauty in scenery of Beautiful Nature
Free Botanical Garden Carlos Thays Pictures invites you for the open-air happening, art gallery in Buenos Aires Botanic Garden, just open up all your senses to see and feel the Natural Beauty in the scenery of Beautiful Nature
But the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden is not only a home to plants. From the beginning it was designed as an open-air art gallery beautifully harmonized with surrounding nature.
In a way it represents the endless human effort evolving since the “beginning of our time” to express esthetic needs and artistic visions in a form of what we may call these days – creative landscaping.
The Garden is literally dotted with beautiful stone, marble and bronze sculptures made by renowned Argentinean and foreign artists.
Among these the most notable is the marble sculpture “Los Primeros Frios” by the famous Catalan artist Miquel Blay Fábregas for which he received recognition at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 and later a “Gold Medal” in Barcelona.
“Los Primeros Frios” (The First Cold) by the Catalan artist Miquel Blay Fábregas.
In the center of the Botanical Garden your eyes will catch “La Primavera” by Lucio Correa Morales. This beautiful white marble sculpture of a nude standing in the middle of the pond adorned with water lilies seems to be a symbol of innocence and purity. Some call this beauty “Odina de Plata” - a river-waters nymph from the legend of the Rio de la Plata.
Primavera by Lucio Correa Morales(1852-1923)- he is considered as the founder of the sculpture in Argentina.
Also you will find in the Gardens few marble sculptures expressing “Personification of the World of Music” in eyes of Leone Tomassi - all based on the famed Symphony Pastoral by Ludwig van Beethoven.
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Musical Impressions based on 6th Symphony of Ludvig van Beethoven visualized by Leone Tomassi
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I couldn't think about better scenery for this exhibition of art......
From the left:
- "Bañista" (Bather) by the French artist Falconet Mauricio Esteban (1716-1791)
- "El Despertar de la naturaleza" (Awakening of the Nature) by Juan de Pari
- "La Flora" by Renato Fremin
- "Flora Argentina" - work by the Argentinean artist Emilio Andina (1875-1964).
“Pureza” in bronze by Alfredo Bigatti, “El Despertar de la naturaleza” (Awakening of Nature) in marble by Juan De Pari as well as most of other sculpture of nudes make you feel that in Buenos Aires’ Botanical Garden a “Beauty of Nature” gracefully met with “Natural Beauty” …..Don’t forget “Figura de Mujer” by famous Argentinean sculptor Lola Mora (first worldwide recognized Argentinean women-sculptor) and “Flora Argentina” by Emilio Andina, “Mercury” by Ricardo Celma and “Flora” by French sculptor Renato Fremin. The last one is the gift of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy for the Centenary of the Argentinean Revolution of May.
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Garden's Art Gallery - from the left:
- "Plegaria de la India Tehuelche" (Prayer of a Tehuelche) by a great Argentinean sculptor and painter Nicolás Isidro Bardas(1891 – 1952)
Tehuelches are South American indigenous people living in western Patagonia (Spanish conquistadors called them Patagonians);
- "Amazona" - reproduction of the famous marble work by Phidias (circa 500 BC), it was made by an Italian artist Pirilli and acquired by Buenos Aires Botanical Garden in 1968;
- Decorative Fountain;
- "Soberania" (Domination? Freedom?...) by the Argentinian sculptor Domingo Paez Torres.
Quite striking for many may be the sculpture “Sagunto” by a Spanish artist Augustin Querol (1860-1909). It evokes real facts from the Spanish history immortalizing the sacrifice by inhabitants of Sagunto. In 213 BC, during Hannibal’s invasion of the Iberian Peninsula they decided to take their own lives in a mass suicide instead of surrendering to the Hannibal’s troops. The sculpture presents a mother who after sacrificing her son kills herself..... The sculpture was acquired in 1906 by Eduardo Schiaffino and found its final place in Botanical Garden in 1974.
"Sagunto" symbolizes the horror of war - in this case the sacrifice of lives....
Well, I almost forgot – for lovers of Greek’s mythology (but not only) - please stop at “Venus” – a replica of one of several versions of Greek goddess Aphrodite of Cnidus (made by one of the most famous ancient Greek sculptors - Praxiteles in 4th century BC). Here you can admire this timeless symbol of beauty and remarkable human skills in her version called “Venus Pudica” (Modest Venus) - covering her nakedness with hands.
Symbol of eternal beauty - Venus (Aphrodite)
From relatively new art additions to the Botanical Garden you will certainly notice “Saturnalia” by an Italian sculptor Ernesto Biondi. This 10-life size figures bronze-sculpture represents an ancient Romans’ “festivity” devoted to the god of harvest - Saturn. Each figure in this Biondi’s presentation of the traditionally week-long public extravaganza characterizes a different social classes in Rome – from soldiers and gladiators through patricians to slaves.
"Saturnalia" (replica) by Ernesto Biondi (1854-1917)
“Saturnalia” has an interesting story. It was first displayed at the 1900 Paris exposition then in 1905 was scheduled for a year-long exposition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. However, after a private viewing held just before the “grand opening”, the museum’s board of trustees ordered removal of the Biondi’s work from the display due to its “immorality”.
It is true that Saturnalia indisputably epitomizes “ancient times” with its cruelty and Bacchanalian-style behavior. Soldier’s face expresses brutal reality similarly as female figures illustrate widely accepted in those times voluptuousness.
However, by all accounts it is an artistic vision of an ancient life-style having an indisputable value of true art. Biondi sued the museum for damages and harm to his reputation but he lost!
In 1963 the replica of the sculpture was donated to the National Museum of Art in Buenos Ares subsequently finding its place in the Botanical Garden.
Another interesting structure in the Botanical Garden is the “Indicador Meteorológico” (Weather Indicator). It was designed by José Marcovich and donated to the city by Austro-Hungarian residents of Buenos Aires for 1910 celebration of the Centenary.
No wonder that in 1996, thanks to all its beauty, richness and uniqueness the Botanical Garden was declared the “National Historic Landmark”.
After this deep as I think overview of the Buenos Aires’ Botanical Garden I guess we may find few minutes for some “rumors” and observations. Let’s start from rumors - apparently few years ago it was discovered that that some people used the grounds of the Botanical Garden to scatter ashes of the loved ones……Well, some of you may be “traumatized” by this news, some may be afraid of “ghosts”… However the way I understand the “message” is that relatives wanted to keep those already gone in the place full of life and beauty. May be they are coming here some days and sitting on a bench watch blooming flowers or “frozen” in the marble human shapes trying to keep alive memories of the loved ones? Finally we are as long alive as long we stay in someone’s memory……
And observation - you may notice that it is forbidden to bring dogs to the Botanical Garden. And there is a reason for that – these days the gardens are overrun by cats. Rumor has it that some city dwellers are abandoning here unwanted cats apparently considering gardens as the cats’ sanctuary (others are coming here to feed them). There are so many cats that sometimes it is difficult to walk around undisturbed. Well, if you like the cats, then that may be an extra motivation to visit the gardens. If you don’t – then do not worry, these are “well behaving” cats with “good manners” proving that rumors are true!
The Botanical Garden offers many activities and guided tours – most of them designed specifically for children to familiarize them with the nature and art (chapeau!). On more serious side – within the garden there is a Municipal Gardening School linked to the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Buenos Aires offering more advanced programs and activities. For those looking for romantic venues – last Friday of every month the Botanical Garden organizes night tours (you have to sign-up by calling at least 24 hours in advance). How does it sound?
The bottom line is – the Buenos Aires’s Botanical Garden, despite its relatively small area offers a great escape from the city’s life – a voyage to the world of Nature and Art. All you need here is to open all your senses remembering that:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
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From the left
- "Canto de la cosechadora" - reproduction of the original work attributed to the Italian artist Antonio Canovas.
- "Mercurio" (Mercury) - a sculpture dedicated to the Roman's God of Commerce. The original figure was destroyed by a falling tree and replaced in 2006 by the work of Ricardo Celma and Eduardo Llorena.
- "L'Aquaiolo" - Bronze fountain statue by and Italian sculptor Vincenzo Gemito.
- Bust of Carlos Thays - made by the sculptor Alberto Lagos (1893-1960) and located in the Botanical Garden in 1957 at an official ceremony.
Left - Commemorative Inscription
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"Sanctuary" for cats (I guess you will agree that they are so cute :-)
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P.S. After Carlos Thays' death (1934), the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden was named Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays.
As a director of Buenos Aires Parks, he designed in Capital Federal many admired till these days parks and plazas. Among his best are parks Colon, Patricios, Chacabuco, Pereyra, Centenario, Las Barrancas de Belgrano and plazas Francia and Balcarse.
I'm pretty sure that this is not your last visit to the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden.
Frankly, it may be difficult to find in the center of the huge city such place of peace, calmness and beauty.
It is like an island in the middle of the stormy waters (in this case busy streets) offering not only a fresh air saturated with scents of flowers and earth, shade under trees, numerous ponds and fountains but also a beautiful art gallery scattered along the gardens.
Those having chance to be in Buenos may find Garden as their favorite place, especially after spending few hours on the busy streets of Palermo.
Those that this time can only make the virtual voyage to Buenos Aires are invited to visit this site once again.....
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