This project takes a unique look at Norman Lindsay’s sculptures by concentrating on the hands of his sculptures. Whilst his sculptures, as a whole, are beautiful works of art some of the smaller details are just as unique and beautiful and deserve to be shown in their own right. The images in this album were taken in early 2020 in the sculpture gardens at the Norman Lindsay Gallery.
The Norman Lindsay Sculpture Garden is located at Faulconbridge, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Here, there are many examples of his amazing collection of sculpture works that date back to 1913. Most of his sculptures were completed between 1920 and 1940 however he continued working on some of his sculptures right up until his death in 1969.
There are over a dozen sculptures and urns in this amazing garden, all of which were created by Norman Lindsay during his time at the property and are made from concrete over a metal frame or armature. None of the sculptures were given formal names but working titles were simply descriptives of his work.
He found that working on these sculptures was his way of relaxing. His second wife, Rose, was the model for his “nymph” sculptures and many others as well.
During the 1920’s he created the “Greek Sphinx” and the “Sirens”. A depiction of the mythical creatures that supposedly lured sailors to their deaths. These characters started to appear in some of his other sculptures during this time as well. The first “Siren” was created in 1927 and then another appeared later in 1928
Another of his sculptures depict a satyr pursuing a nymph. This is located in front of current gallery. The first “Sphinx”, which he created in 1927 was small enough to decorate the radiator of Rose’s car; a 1926 Vauxhall. He created a much larger version in 1943 which is located on the path leading to the “Pool”.
As well as the statues, he created a number of urns and pots which also found a home in his gardens.
Lindsay was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer, art critic, novelist, cartoonist and amateur boxer. One of the most prolific and popular Australian artists of his generation, Lindsay attracted both acclaim and controversy for his works, some of which were deemed blasphemous at the time.