Four Seasons

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“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” 
― Yoko Ono

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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8 Responses to Four Seasons

  1. Thanks for posting all the statues – really beautiful.

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  2. In Winter’s right hand is a dead or dying bird. Its head is listing to one side as if broken, its right wing hangs straight down, and its left wing is bent over atop its head. Took me a long look to figure it out. I thought the plant in his left hand was radishes and couldn’t understand why he’s carrying them. But I don’t understand garlic either, if that’s what he’s holding. Do you know the symbolism?

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    • I had to find out if they were garlic (possibly for warding off evil spirits) or radishes (which are a winter crop). The dead bird I thought may signify an end and a beginning. In my search I came across “The Four Seasons also date from 1883 when they were part of
      the same group of eight marble statues imported from Italy as La
      Ballerina and the Boy extracting a thorn. The latter is currently being
      restored in situ.
      The Four Seasons are part of a long tradition of allegorical figures of
      the seasons. This tradition dates back at least until the 16th century
      and the figures are represented in many art forms from paintings by
      Caravaggio to Meissen figurines. Universal to them all are some key
      elements as follows:
      Winter is always represented by an old man, and the other
      three seasons by nubile young women
      Spring always carries newly cut flowers, Summer holds a
      scythe and Autumn incorporates a reference to the vintage
      Thus in the Four Seasons at the Royal Botanic Gardens, we have
      Spring holding newly cut roses, Summer with scythe by her side and
      a swag of lilies, and Autumn with grapes by her side and cup at her
      lips. Winter allegorically is normally shown as an old man in furs
      often by a fire. In this case, we have a distinguished if rather dour
      figure holding symbols of winter in the form of pine cones and a dead
      bird.
      Both Summer and Spring had been resident in ‘the Graveyard’ for
      some time. Summer had lost her head, and it had been lost as well.
      Summer’s torso had also been broken away from her legs. Spring had
      been decapitated, and her hands damaged.
      The process of conserving these two statues was a complicated one.
      Where small parts were missing, we could reinstate. With larger
      elements such as the recreation of Summer’s head we had to work off
      19th Century images of the Gardens, which were of variable quality.
      But happily, the creative and carving skills of Jacek Luszcyk, who
      had already carved La Ballarina’s head, were up to the task. Unlike
      La Ballarina, of which we had excellent photos from another copy of
      the statue, the poor quality photo of Summer has meant that it has
      been more of a challenge. But Jacek has accurately achieved the form
      and feel of the original head, and inevitably brought his own creative
      skills to ensure it reads correctly. He also rejoined her lower legs
      to her body, and reconstructed her sickle and bouquet. Jacek also
      returned Spring’s decapitated head to her shoulders, and repaired her
      hands.” from http://www.icssydney.com.au/media/docs/Heritage_Marble_Statuary_Article.pdf
      Turns out you were right about the bird and neither of us right re plant in hand. I found this fascinating and thank you for causing me to look at this more closely.

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