Venus and Hercules

“Live like a hero. That’s what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?”

― J.M. Coetzee

Venus Victrix (The Judgement of Paris), Pierre Auguste Renoir & Hercules the Archer, Antoine Bourdelle, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

At the entrance to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden there is a wonderful ellipse of lawn under tall trees, bordered by thick vegitation and smattered with large, classic bronze sculptures. It is an awesome area – the feeling of time and genius distilled into molten metal and molded into immortal human shapes.

I wish I could spend every morning in a space like that, thinking about my day.

Ruth and Naomi

“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.”

― Ruth 1:16

Ruth and Naomi, Leonard Baskin, 1979, Bronze, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans

This wonderful sculpture is in the same little woodland alcove as yesterday’s Civitas.