Private French Gardens
The Millennium Gardens, with its sweeping grounds and prominent white stone manor, is both culturally
Water is the mother of the vine, The nurse and fountain of fecundity,
Atop the fountain, healing waters transform crawling Sea Shrimp, hard-shell sea creatures, into those Dolphins which are agile with fins. In a metamorphic flow, still another evolution continues down to the sea children which are able to support the entire rebirth. These tritons have upper bodies that resemble those of children but their lower parts end in a fishtail. An ornamental vase atop the creation releases silvery sheets of water that spill out over the hand-carved granite centerpiece. This is a rare example of ornamental architecture from the Louis IV time period.
The rustle, cascade, and clear transparency of the 10' waterfalls are reminiscent of a crystal veil draping the 80’ wide colonnade. Above each arch are keystone masks with human faces of men and women from childhood to the last years of old age. Human life follows its course, as does the four seasons theme for the garden.
The center of the Colonnade features a triumphant Neptune in a large niche. The female figures at Neptune’s side represent good health and fertility.These statuaries are a duplicate of the most famous fountain in the world–the Trevi Fountain in Italy.
The Neptune Fountain, with its sculptural and water decorations, including eleven whole figures, ornamental details in white marble, and some 6 jets of varying patterns, is according to many, the richest and most impressive in the garden. Despite its strongly marked mythical features, this unique 25’ tall, 39 ton creation of the Baroque tradition fits organically into the composition of the twenty first-century French formal garden.
Carved large enough for a small dignitary’s celebration, this gazebo is snuggled near the woods. It is bordered by a green circle of pink knock-out rose bushes and emerald green lawn, thus giving the appearance of a European portrait in a richly embellished malachite frame.
Custom cast for this gazebo, the bronze housed within this gazebo was inspired by a famous eighteenth-century sculpture and viewed by millions.
The Pearl Fountain
Crowning this magnificent carving and without care, Venus reclines across the opened sea shell which is supported by winged putti. Cherubs on the mid-level basin trumpet the tales of life well-lived. Water falls in lacy patterns over the edges of the upper bowl into the lower one and from there into a 20ft in diameter pool of Baroque shape. 27’ tall and 37.5 tons.
Architecture should speak of its time and place,
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