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Albin Polasek Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park

Orlando, FL
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Albin Polasek Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park, Orlando FL

Description

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is a sweet little house on a large plot of land on Lake Osceola. It's a treat to be able to take in this place and to learn about this talented artist. Polasek was born in what is now the Czech Republic, studied in Rome, and was head of the sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago. He retired to Winter Park, designing this home on the lake. His sculptures are intimate, flowing figures, pleasing to view in such a beautiful setting. He captured a deep and tender connection, with his Eternal Moment sculpture, and the magical love between mother and child with his Mermaid Mama and Mermaid sculpture. His sculptures remind me of Auguste Rodin's works. The beautiful Emily Fountain in Winter Park's Central Park was made by Polasek. Nature, folklore, and Catholic themes permeate his works.
The day I visited the museum was clear and bright, and it was a delight to walk along peacefully beside the lake and contemplate each sculpture. What saddened me though, was that something was amiss- there was a lovely fresco sitting in a side storage area seemingly wasting away, and the little house filled with gorgeous religious art was so dusty it was almost intolerable to stay in there long enough to look at everything.
A completely different type of museum, the Morse Museum of American Art, is also in Winter Park. Check it out too!

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The front entrance of the house.
The front entrance of the house.
Archway to the yellow house.
Archway to the yellow house.
Eternal Moment, by Polasek, in the garden amongst flowers.
Eternal Moment, by Polasek, in the garden amongst flowers.
Walking beside the lake in the afternoon.
Walking beside the lake in the afternoon.
A water skier goes by!
A water skier goes by!
Flowerbed by the lake.
Flowerbed by the lake.
A garden path winds down to the lake.
A garden path winds down to the lake.
Quote by Polasek on a plaque in the garden.
Quote by Polasek on a plaque in the garden.
Unfettered, by Polasek. Floss-Silk tree behind.
Unfettered, by Polasek. Floss-Silk tree behind.
Man Carving His Own Destiny, by Polasek.
Man Carving His Own Destiny, by Polasek.
One of the 12 Stations of the Cross, by Polasek.
One of the 12 Stations of the Cross, by Polasek.
12 Stations of the Cross, in the Albin Polasek Sculpture Gardens.
12 Stations of the Cross, in the Albin Polasek Sculpture Gardens.
Zivena, the Slavonic goddess of life, carved by Polasek from a solid trunk of apple wood from his hometown.
Zivena, the Slavonic goddess of life, carved by Polasek from a solid trunk of apple wood from his hometown.
Eternal Moment figurine on a piano in Polasek's house, plus a piece of music that he wrote.
Eternal Moment figurine on a piano in Polasek's house, plus a piece of music that he wrote.
The interior of Polasek's house- filled with such interesting things! I wish it wasn't so dusty so I could linger a while.
The interior of Polasek's house- filled with such interesting things! I wish it wasn't so dusty so I could linger a while.
Polasek's bureau, lamp, and heart wall decoration, reminiscent of his homeland.
Polasek's bureau, lamp, and heart wall decoration, reminiscent of his homeland.
Bookcase, earthen vase, and painting of his room, in his room.
Bookcase, earthen vase, and painting of his room, in his room.
Sweet little sculpture in the house.
Sweet little sculpture in the house.

Directions

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is located at 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park FL 32789, call (407) 647-6294.
Open T-S 10-4, Sn 1-4. 
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students over 12 years old.

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Last Updated Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:17:17 GMT