Saturday 29 May 2010: Eve, Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens
My second topless lady in one week, here is the mermaid. All in the name of art and Blipfoto.
As it was rather showery and we didn't have a lot of time, a quick visit to the glasshouses and Kibble Palace in the Botanic Gardens.
John Kibble built his glasshouse in the 1860s, as a private conservatory for his home at Coulport on Loch Long. It was dismantled and moved by barge to Glasgow in 1873 and rebuilt in the gardens. Initially it was a place of entertainment, and in the 1880s ventilation was added and plants were introduced.
The marble statue of Eve, c.1880 by the Italian sculptor Scipione Tadolini, is the centrepiece of the Palace. It is one of eight white marble pieces which were moved from Kelvingrove Museum to the Palace in the 1930s.
There are a number of mirrors, and the one in the centre is reflecting the rich greens of the foliage.