For whatever reason there are a lot of people depicted in two dimensional murals I see on my walks, but when it comes to 3D sculpture, animals are much more common. Maybe it means people think murals are more monumental in scale, need to be more serious, and therefore should feature people, while smaller scale yard sculptures are less serious and there for free to be cute, making animals a better subject? Or maybe sculpture contains echoes of a more sinister motive, as can be seen in the last two photos?
Here are several examples of more light hearted animal sculptures.
Someone decided, for example, that this birdbath wasn’t enough by itself, it needed two fawns of wildly different sizes perched on top.
Here are two pigs. They have been splashed by mud from a rainstorm, creating an authentic look.
And here is a meerkat cast in concrete.
Lots And Lots of Animals
Sometimes people get really, really into collecting animals, such as this fence covered with decorative lizards.
Or, there is this house which has a wall covered with two dozen ceramic cats.
But a couple of times there are animals on display which don’t really count as sculpture. Outside one home is this taxidermied deer. Why it’s exposed to the elements, I’m not sure, and I don’t know why it has a garland of flowers around its neck.
But deer these days are common, even in my city, and it’s not such a big shock to see a dead one. Road kill is here too, so a taxidermied deer isn’t that surprising. However, the following is something that I still find striking everytime I see it.
At first when you walk by this house, you see shadowy figures in the first floor window. And then when you get closer, you see them.
Polar bears. Taxidermied polar bears, frozen forever in a display in someone’s front window.
I checked whether this kind of thing is even legal, and it looks like there is a grandfather clause for specimens which are something like 50+ years old. The house is certainly old enough, and it almost appears as though this room was built specifically to display them.
Which still leaves the question — why? I realize back in the day big game hunting was a big deal for Teddy Roosevelt types, and it still is for monsters like the Trumps. And for all I know, these bears convey with the house and there is no easy way to find a museum that will take them or sell them legally. I might even accept that keeping them is better than destroying them, but still, I just don’t know. Did they haunt the man who shot them? Do they haunt the house still?