The art of topiary



 Shrubs Art Trees Garden Sculptures Hedge Seurat Topiary

Topiary is the ancient art of sculpting shrubs, trees and plants into various shapes. Some say it dates back to ancient Egypt, although the Romans established, spread and named it with their custom of creating small landscapes or places with shrubs (topos means "place" in latin). This practice is adopted today in gardens from all over the world in a more or less creative way, but it's more usual to see hedges, geometric shapes, people and animals. However, in Columbus, USA, this takes the proportions of a true work of art.

 Shrubs Art Trees Garden Sculptures Hedge Seurat Topiary

In one of the city's gardens, a vegetal replica of one of the most famous paintings of all time: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, by French painter Georges Seurat. The project was developed by James T. Mason, a local sculptor who planned and installed the metal sculptures where the plants are grown. The set's construction began in 1989 with the creation of a lake that represented the river Seine, and the hills surrounding it, creating a replica of the original place. Afterward, the figurines were added. A total of 54 people, 8 boats, 3 dogs, a monkey and a cat, positioned according to Seurat's painting.

 Shrubs Art Trees Garden Sculptures Hedge Seurat Topiary

 Shrubs Art Trees Garden Sculptures Hedge Seurat Topiary

 Shrubs Art Trees Garden Sculptures Hedge Seurat Topiary

 Shrubs Art Trees Garden Sculptures Hedge Seurat Topiary

 Shrubs Art Trees Garden Sculptures Hedge Seurat Topiary

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