Thursday, April 4, 2013

Friday Field Trip!!

The Art of Papua New Guinea
Guess what I found? A whole entire sculpture garden filled with works from Papua New Guinea!!! SCORE!!  To be honest, this week has been a little challenging to come up with fun projects, although I love the tribal masks we made.  Then I remembered something I saw when we went to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford (remember? ) and looked online and found a lovely surprise! 

In 1994, a group of Papua New Guinea tribesmen from the Sepik River area were invited to come to Stanford and do some sculptures.  Their work is amazing and on view in a beautiful garden dedicated to showcasing it.  There are plaques that tell you about the work and a little about the artists.  It was really much more impressive than the pictures show.  The kids had a ball running around from one to another.  I hope my pictures do it justice.  If you ever happen to be in the Stanford area, check it out!!  If you can't make it, here are pictures :)

The much revered crocodile ancestor, Tekwan and
(below) Iatmul poles, that are usually part of the ceremonial Spirit Houses.  Each pole tells a story.

Look familiar?  It's their version of the Thinker by Rodin!!

Say cheese!!!

A lot of tongues sticking out :)

The painted ones were so beautiful!  This one was just her size!

This guy is my favorite!!


  1. I really wanted to post ALL 50 pics I took but I chose to condense! There are a lot more sculptures in the garden- it's really pretty cool!! Even my husband thought so!

  2. It was a nice place to visit, very cool.