20. Naja

Diana Guest

Naja, 1979, bronze

Gift of the artist

Collection of The Society of the Four Arts, 1980.2

Artist Diana Guest’s over life-size sculpture of a snake marks the entryway to the Four Arts’ Botanical Gardens. Cast in bronze—the most common metal used in casting metal sculptures—it has a bluish-green patina. This is a sign of atmospheric oxidation, or the chemical reaction between bronze and salty, humid air of South Florida. The sculpture’s title, Naja, refers the genus of venomous snakes commonly called “cobras.”