South of the town of Olancha, CA, and down a small dirt road off Highway 395, one can find an incredible sculpture garden by artist Jael Hoffmann.

Another sculpture out in her garden is called "Topography of Belief." It is a wonderful line of figures that takes the famous "See no evil; hear no evil; speak no evil" much further metaphysically. From left to right, the first head has a pressure gauge in the middle, circled by eight shiny metallic gears; the next face is made of rolled short pieces of motor springs; followed by a face, made up of a "No Trespassing" sign, which is punctured by bullet holes, and the final one has petals and feels open and welcoming. Each figure then is symbolic of an element of human belief, which can be a tendency, or a combination of them.

“Topography of Belie” – From left to right, the first head has a pressure gauge in the middle, circled by eight shiny metallic gears; the next face is made of rolled short pieces of motor springs; followed by a face, made up of a “No Trespassing” sign, which is punctured by bullet holes, and the final one has petals and feels open and welcoming. Each figure then is symbolic of an element of human belief, which can be a tendency, or a combination of them.

Mojave Pope

Mojave Pope

In the artist's statement on her website she writes of these issues. "I have long been aware of the discrepancy between how I was affected by things, and who I was. This gap seemed unbridgeable, but along with emotional toll of such a schism there existed a deeply rooted desire to evolve this predicament. Most of my work reflects the dichotomy of suffering: the acceptance of certain lies, while rejecting the pain of their existence." She goes on to say she discovered it was, in fact, bridgeable by connecting with and attending to a "primal knowledge about what feels right."</

“I have long been aware of the discrepancy between how I was affected by things, and who I was. This gap seemed unbridgeable, but along with emotional toll of such a schism there existed a deeply rooted desire to evolve this predicament. Most of my work reflects the dichotomy of suffering: the acceptance of certain lies, while rejecting the pain of their existence.” She goes on to say she discovered it was, in fact, bridgeable by connecting with and attending to a “primal knowledge about what feels right.”

Hoffmann was born in Israel, and raised in Berlin, Germany

Hoffmann was born in Israel, and raised in Berlin, Germany.

lives today with her daughter, Noa, in Olancha, California.

She lives with her daughter in Olancha, California.

Many of her sculptures show the monster within that needs to be transformed, for well-being's sake.

Many of her sculptures show the monster within that needs to be transformed, for well-being’s sake.

The most colorful sculpture features a plaque with instructions that read: "Give and Take. Put something in give container then retrieve something from take container. You can give without taking, But not the other way around. If you choose to take without giving, the mirror will make you face yourself and the eyes will follow you for ever and ever. Just like in real life."

The most colorful sculpture features a plaque with instructions.

Hmmm, I guess I'll 'give' a dollar bill...

Hmmm, I guess I’ll ‘give’ a dollar bill…

...but what should I take???

…but what should I take???

...this one!

…this one!

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

So Deep

So Deep

Prisoner Boy

Prisoner Boy

Sunscreen Please

Sunscreen Please

Evil Pacman with a thirst for eating little people.

Evil Pacman with a thirst for eating little people.

Chop/Chop

Chop/Chop

The Cutter

The Cutter

He's Dangerous

He’s dangerous.

Let them eat children.

Let them eat children.

ael Hoffman's Sculpture Garden is open to all any time.

Jael’s sculpture Garden is open to all any time, just remember to bring an offer and be kind.