Earlier this week I added this photo to a page on the Villa Turicum website. I enjoy it because it gives exceptional detail to the sculpture in the lily pool garden:
For those not familiar with the term "herm" I will save you the time of having to Google it; a herm is most commonly defined as a statue consisting of a pillar and a head. The form originated in Ancient Greece, was adopted by the Romans, and enjoyed a revival during the Renaissance. They were often used to delineate borders or boundaries.
Our herms shown in the photo above only enjoyed a brief existence of about 40 years, until they were beheaded in the Boy Scout Massacre of 1950; something I have referenced in an earlier post It is interesting to note that in a way this was history repeating itself.
In 415 BC (during the Peloponnesian War) all of the Athenian hermai were vandalized the night before a planned Greek attack. Many devoutly religious Athenians considered this a blasphemous act that would threaten the success of their campaign. One can't help but draw comparisons to the impious Boy Scouts at Villa Turicum.