Lonely Planet Writer

Take a look inside the forgotten Indian sculpture park in a quiet corner of Ireland

Quirky images have revealed the oddball figures that litter a long-forgotten sculpture park that lies off the beaten track. The haunting pictures show a statue of a man pulling a dagger out of himself while his head splits in two while another looks over the scene with hollow, soulless eyes.

The Hindu god Ganesha.
The Hindu god Ganesha. Image by mediadrumworld.com

Other shots show the Hindu god Ganesha playing a variety of instruments, a woman trying to escape a huge clawed hand and even a suited mouse drinking a pint of ‘Genius’. The spooky snaps were taken at Indian sculpture park, Victor’s Way, in Roundwood, Ireland by writer Debra Kelly (37) from Galway, Ireland. “Victor’s Way is an adult-oriented sculpture park, and it’s definitely not kid-friendly,” she said. “But that’s what makes it so incredible. The sculptures depict some of the most raw, visceral images I’ve ever seen, and they’re images that you absolutely feel.

The oddball figures that litter a long-forgotten sculpture park in WIcklow.
The oddball figures that litter a long-forgotten sculpture park in WIcklow. Image by mediadrumworld.com

“The photo of the Split Man is one of my favourites. I love the “Create Or” on the dagger. Anyone who’s done anything artistic or creative, or put themselves out there in any sort of way, they know exactly what that feeling is, and why it’s completely true.” Debra hopes her pictures of Victor’s Way can help people to look past the things that divide us and see we’re all the same. “I think that in this day and age we’re so focused on what divides us,” she said.

The sculpture park is in Roundwood, Wicklow.
The sculpture park is in Roundwood, Wicklow. Image by mediadrumworld.com

“It’s easy to look at people and pick out the reasons that they’re different, and sometimes that can be a dangerous thing. “Victor’s Way is an incredible place because it reminds us that deep down, we’re all feeling the same kinds of uncertainty, pain, worry.

Is this Ireland's most unusual sculpture park?
Is this Ireland’s most unusual sculpture park? Image by mediadrumworld.com

“Deep down, we have the same questions about our existence and we all face the same end. No matter who you are, where you came from or where you are in life, you can look at these sculptures and feel some of the same things as everyone else who looks at them. There’s something comforting about the reminder that at the end of the day, we’re all human, and we should remember that.”

By Mark McConville