Ringling Statue in Banyans

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This unusual image was taken at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. A historic statue has been taken over by roots of a banyan tree. John Ringling was one of the brothers who owned and operated the circus called, "The Greatest Show on Earth". John and his wife Mable purchased the 66 acres of this waterfront property in 1912. The following year Mable started building a garden with exotic trees and plants that she collected. There were 14 banyan trees, the largest collection in Florida. The gardens had beautiful sculptures all throughout its design. Banyan tree roots grow vertically down from its branches, and when they touch the ground they grow across the land, spreading over a large area.

Photograph and writing by Liesl Walsh.



Truman Adams

Truman Adams is an Artist based in downtown Sarasota, FL. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, and a father of two. Truman is a freelance Artist creating Murals, Portraits, 2D and 3D Street Art, Fine Art, Live Painting, Custom Canvases, Mosaics, and any creative projects needing an artist touch. Truman competed in Dubai Canvas 2017 for $650,000 with 24 other international 3D Street Artists painting the theme Happiness. He created 7 large mosaics outside of Church of the Redeemer in Downtown Sarasota illustrates the birth of Christ and the birth of his son who modeled for the last mosaic,The Presentation. Truman has been featured in the Sarasota Chalk Festival since 2009 becoming friends and working along side some of the greatest and most influential artists in the world. Truman’s first memories are of painting and drawing and he has always known he was an Artist.

"I answered the call and have a had a blast doing the paintings I have done so far, connecting with artist friends I have known for years, local community I have not seen in years, and making no connections with new artists artist appreciators while working outside on the sidewalk."

Truman Adams painted:
the David statue portrait
Sea horse sculpture from the Lido Casino
St Armands Statue
The statue in the Banyan Tree on the Ringling grounds