London Sculptures – Part One

Another semi-regular series here, featuring sculptures I’ve admired on my walks around London.

The strange looking sculpture above, in the form of the Green Man style of carvings you find in churches, is a memorial to Henry Purcell by the sculptor Glynn Williams. Purcell was an English composer and may have been composing as a young child. He worked at Westminster Abbey and composed many sacred pieces of music; the title of the statue is “The Flowering of the English Baroque” in honour of the style of music he favoured.

The above is the Suffragette Memorial scroll in Christchurch Gardens, Victoria, which commemorates the men and women who fought for women’s suffrage. The inscription reads “This tribute is erected by the Suffragette Fellowship to commemorate the courage and perseverance of all those men and women who in the long struggle for votes for women selflessly braved derision, opposition and ostracism, many enduring physical violence and suffering.”

The statue below is called Wind Sculpture and is by Yinka Shonibare. It’s said to represent the wind frozen in time. I’m not sure about that but it is certainly a colourful addition to the other buildings in the area.

The Royal Tank Regiment Memorial is in Whitehall Court and depicts a five man crew from a World War II era Comet tank. It was unveiled in 2000 on the centenary of a battle in the Second Boer War. 

And finally for this post is the Edith Cavell statue at St Martin’s Place. The statue was unveiled by Queen Alexandra in 1920. Edith Cavell was a British nurse who was working in Brussels when the First World War began. During her time there she managed to help around 200 Allied soldiers escape the Germans only to be arrested for treason and shot by a German firing squad in 1915. She received a state funeral at Westminster Abbey and is buried at Norwich Cathedral. The statue, by Sir George Frampton (who declined payment for his work) shows Cavell in her nurses uniform.

 

 

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