This park is the creation of Victor Langheld. Victor received money from his father and was told to “do something with his life”, so Victor decided to go to India, where he spent 30 years. During this time he became inspired and decided to bring a sculpture park back to Ireland. He opened it to the public and called it Victoria’s Way. He sees this park as a contemplative space wherein to reflect.
The park is made up of sculptures that were designed by Victor, crafted by Indian workers and transported back to Ireland.
There are seven main sculptures in Victoria’s Way. They portray the different stages in a person’s life: Birth, Separation (letting go), Crash (returning to the start), Focusing (finding the problem), Enlightenment (problem solving), Creation (solution application) and Death.
I read this after going to see the park- Victor says that: “This park is for people who, at around age 30, are beginning to wake up. Oscar Wilde said that ‘Youth is wasted on the young’. It’s the same idea. At 30 people begin to realise ‘Hey, there’s more to life than pubs and booze’ and they go through a crisis.” I could relate to this idea and it made the visit even more special.
The sculptures range from being very dramatic, violent, tormented, to being very peaceful, quiet and relaxed. It is a really good place to bring an art group because it is so different from anything they would encounter in a regular art gallery.
It was a very wet and rainy day but we were well prepared and I felt that the rain dripping down the sculptures added to them.
Victoria’s Way Sculpture Park, Roundwood, Co Wicklow, is open every day (12.30 to 6pm) from May to September.
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