This statue is situated at the entrance of Abbey House Gardens and is the work of Ian Rank-Broadley, the same sculptor that produced the statues in a previous PhotoHunt post.  I must admit I had not heard of him until I saw the sculptures at Abbey House Gardens, but it seems I should have done:

Ian Rank-Broadley is one of the foremost sculptors working today. His effigy of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II appears on all UK and Commonwealth coinage since 1998. He has recently completed work on one of the most important war memorials since WWII, the Armed Forces Memorial.

On his website Ian explains why he chose the male nude as a dominant motif:

The choice of the male figure/ nude as a dominant motif was made quite early when I realised that the female nude had, to a large extent, been robbed of its power by the commercial world of advertising, whereas the the male nude still retained a power that could excite, grab attention and shock. The reaction of the spectator to the male figure was stronger, whether out of competition, fear or embarrassment. It proved to be a potent image. For me, the sculptor, this fact reinforced the work with a greater resonance and meaning.

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38 Comments CherryPie on Sep 18th 2009

38 Responses to “PhotoHunt – Upside Down”

  1. Mar says:

    Fantastic statue and great shots for the theme!!
    Happy PH!

  2. Annie says:

    Wow, what a cool sculpture. Love your photos of it. Perfect for this theme!

  3. Ellee says:

    I bet the models had fun posing for these statues!

  4. That’s a wonderful statue Cherie. I love it!

  5. Carver says:

    Those are fantastic statues and perfect for the upside down theme. Happy photohunting!

  6. Photo Cache says:

    that is a fabulous sculpture. so interesting, never seen one quite like it.

  7. YTSL says:

    Fantastic take on the theme. Glad you put up — no pun intended! — the information about Ian Rank-Broadley. His comments about his reason for choosing to depict male nudes really “made” the post for me.

  8. jmb says:

    A really interesting statue in my opinion and perfect for this theme. Thanks for the information as well. Happy weekend to you Cherie.

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  10. Bernard says:

    “Can you hold it like that, fellas…whilst I chip away!”

  11. jameshigham says:

    the male nude still retained a power that could excite

    Not in my particular case, Cherie.

  12. Tab says:

    They are intriquing! Very nicely done.

  13. this is a great series of photos of a wonderful sculpture. I’m adding this garden to the list of reasons why I have to fly over the Atlantic Ocean again to visit Europe.

  14. ubermouth says:

    That’s a beautiful statue! Did you take this photo in person or from a site Cherie?

    This man is so talented.

  15. oh my it fits the theme very well

  16. A unique statue. Fantastic take on the theme. That would be a great conversation piece to have in one’s backyard :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I think I would like to have one on my front lawn. Although I think it would have to be strongly attached to the ground otherwise someone is bound to try and steal it!

  17. sally says:

    great statues and photos too

  18. Sean Jeating says:

    What’s the shortest way to the opera?

    [... was the caption I gave to a photo Ms J. took of a friend and me 34 years ago. - Ahem, we lacked of being nude, though.]

  19. Claudia says:

    Great artist and great photos. The details, on the large size statues on Flick’r, are admirable. Actually I would think that few men would be so muscular unless they exercise a lot. Interesting but (for me) a bit of maleness show off. Certainly a nice place to visit. Thanks, CherryPie!