The Nature Girls – three smallish bronze statues by Welsh Artist Laura Ford – is one of my absolute favorite pieces of public ahhht in Ottawa.
It’s pretty simple – three little tree-girls with ruby slippers (that’s the best part!) stand together in a circle in a planter box outside the British High Commission. It’s a little bit absurd, but it’s also delightful and whimsical. What’s not to like?!
These sculptures aren’t exactly obscure, though.
Because of their size, the statues have actually been stolen on more than one occasion – not recently, but I remember reading that at least one of the girls went missing about 15 years ago. In fact, while writing this I checked out Wikipedia to discover that the Nature Girls used to be on display in the UK, and were also stolen at that time. Wikipedia says they’ve never been recovered, but here they stand. Maybe someone needs to update Wikipedia.
Unless of course the British merely gave us a copy of the surrey statues. It wouldn’t be the first time they screwed us over with a piece of art. Buggers!
Whatever. As luck would have it I walk by this statue almost every day and, copy or not, it never fails to put a smile on my lips.