Thursday, April 15, 2010
If you missed Part 1 of this series, you can find it here:Backyard Oasis Courtesy of the Sky Mall, Part 1
But here's a brief recap: The acreage behind my house will soon be turned into a 170 home subdivision, and since our yard is not much to look at (unless you like wide open spaces), I thought I would treat our new neighbors with a visual delight with some help from our friends at the Sky Mall. Option 1 was African Safari Oasis.
If you've read this blog before, than I'm sure you're aware that I am a Christian. But I thought to myself, do I have the right to publicly proclaim my faith to those who don't share my belief system? I don't recall reading anywhere in the Bible that I should be doing this. (Oh wait...maybe I did...But I digress...)
The Houston area is vastly diverse, with all cultures living in harmony. Why not have a backyard oasis to reflect this fact? Ladies and gentlemen, I submit for your approval Option 2,
The Garden Oasis of Tolerance and Diversity:
I thought I would start with a few Greek gods scattered about the property. Sadly, Zeus is not available, but this guy is:
Poseidon: God of the Sea $350.00
The muscular god of the sea holds his famed trident and stands astride his symbolic triple dolphin in our exclusive, grand-scale sculpt. This Italian-inspired, 18th-century replica exudes the power attributed to one of the fabled gods of mythology.
We don't have a pool as pictured, but sometimes we get some puddles after a heavy rain.
Goddess Aurora Statue (Estate) $450.00
Balancing atop her grand plinth, our statue is based on a classic 19th-century sculpture of the goddess Aurora that once crowned an elegant garden fountain.
"Hebe, the Goddess of Youth" Statue $395.00
Artist Bertel Thorvaldsen truly captured the eternal beauty of youth with his sculptural likeness of Hebe, cupbearer of the Greek gods. (She's probably fun at keggers, too.)
And speaking of ancient civilizations, I thought it would be a good idea to have my Asian ancestors represent:
The Enlightened Buddha Statue $135.00
Floating on a stylized lotus, this nearly 3 1/2-foot-tall Buddha sculpture arrives like a refreshing breeze with his calm countenance and endless serenity.
Who among you couldn't use some endless serenity? I'd be all up in that. But some prefer a happier, jollier Buddha, so I thought I throw this guy in, too:
Jolly Hotei Buddha Statue $115.00
What better friend to have than one who changes all the sorrows of the world into happiness? It is tradition to rub the belly of over two-foot-tall Asian work of art for joy, his ear lobes for wisdom, and the gold in his hands for wealth.
Then I figured, if one jolly fat guy makes you smile, the more the merrier:
"Basho the Sumo Wrestler" Sculpture $95.00
Basho crouches in his mawashi (Sumo belt) in these intricate sculpts with wide stances.
I'm gonna be honest. My Japanese is a little rusty, but I'm pretty sure "Basho" loosely translates into "Tons of Fun".
"Easter Island Moai Monolith" Statues $98.95
Inspired by the 380 A.D. originals
Assumed to be depictions of local chiefs, heroes or gods, the giant statues on Easter Island are some of the world's most intriguing archaeological artifacts.
I'm not exactly sure anyone still worships these giant heads, but I've always been a fan of the unibrow.
Rhiannon the Archer Fairy $295.00
In a classic sculptural pose, our traditional work of European garden art depicts a beautiful archer drawing back to let her arrow fly.
What's that you say? People don't worship fairies? You've obviously never been to the Renaissance Festival...
And just because I wanted to add a little mystery and whimsy to the vignette, you know him, you love him:
"Bigfoot, the Garden Yeti" Statue $98.95
With alleged Bigfoot sightings the world over, from the Himalayas to the Americas, this elusive, mythical legend has been captured for Toscano in a quality designer resin statue and hand-painted for startling realism.
Startling realism? Did Sasquatch pose for this statue? Hmmm....
This brings today's Garden Oasis Option grand total of $2,032.90. But seriously, can you put a price on tolerance and diversity? Me thinks not...
Tomorrow I will conclude this series with one final option. I know...you're welcome.