Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Outdoor Wednesday-Gazebos & Statue
Last month when we went to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA we saw a statuary business on the side of the 91 freeway. Now Mike (hubby) loves to stop at statuary businesses to see what they have. So on the way home from the Nixon Library we decided to stop & see. This particular one is located in Corona, CA on the east bound side of the 91 freeway.
We have seen these beautiful gazebos made with pillars and a metal scrolly dome top. Mike wants to make one of these himself someday, so he likes to stop & get ideas. This place had 3 different ones. I forgot to check the prices, but I'm sure they are super expensive. Way beyond our non existent budget.
Mike found on ebay some forms for making your own concrete pillars. So he thinks he can make his own pillars. And since he knows how to weld, he thinks he could make the metal dome top as well. Probably not as intricate as these, something more simple. I really like the pillars on this gazebo.
This gazebo has benches. I kind of like that idea.
I'm torn between this gazebo & the first gazebo. The pillars are pretty much the same, I just can't decide if I like white pillars or the darker color. I think I'm leaning more towards the white. This one is much bigger than the first as it has 6 pillars instead of 4. I'm sure if Mike tried to make his own, the pillars will be a lot more plain & simple. But isn't it fun to dream of having something so beautiful in your yard?
And finally the real reason Mike likes to look at these types of places is this:
This statue is called the Winged Victory of Somothrace. Isn't she beautiful? The original is located in the Louvre museum in Paris, France and is made out of white marble. We saw it when we were there in 2003. It was Mike's favorite statue. We have a couple of smaller versions of this statue in our house. But Mike has always wanted one for the yard. This is the first statue place that actually had one. We were so excited, that is until we saw the price. $995.00!!!! Statues are expensive. Can you imagine what she would cost if she were white marble like the original? I can't even imagine. So needless to say, we did not take this baby home with us. She stayed at the statue yard. But she would look fabulous in our backyard, next to our pool.
Do you ever window shop at statuary yards?
Now be sure to visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see this weeks participants.