I run past this sculpture often; it is one of my favourite features in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In consideration of Dutch Goes The Photo‘s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Lift, I stopped this morning to revisit with Mama & Child. I previously posted a similar series of photos almost a year ago. If you take a look, you can see that the shrubs have lushly grown around it; one of the reasons I love outdoor art – the work evolves as the environment changes around it.
As I took time to enjoy the sculpture, I am reminded of the complicated relationships we have with our mothers. I chuckle every time I recall my mom’s exasperated retorts at my countless eye-rollings, “Wait until you become a mother!”. Yes, Mommy, I do understand better now.
Regardless of the struggles, I have learned that the love mothers have for their children is resilient & indelible. How many times have Mamas physically lifted us up & out of scrapes, cheered us up when we’ve had a bad day, challenged us to lift ourselves higher than we ever thought we could, loved us unconditionally even at our most ugly and detestable. She is always there. Hugs to all the Mothers in our lives!
This is also my contribution to DelseyJane’s Regular Random.
Feature Photo and the rest of the photos are of a sculpture called Swing Me, Mama. It is sculpted in serpentine (spring stone) by Dominic Benhura (1995).