Tag Archives: statues

a new 4th plinth statue for trafalgar square

28 Mar

london 12.45pm rain 5C wednesday 2018

its been raining all day so far. today i see they have replaced the statue of a huge thumbs up by one of an assyrian bull with man’s face made out of date cans.

it’s quite good to have a system of  rotating statues taking their turn on the 4th plinth in trafalgar square. the thumbs up statue has been there a long time almost 2yrs.

the original bull statue had been destroyed by isis. but actually there are some of these statues  in the british museum for everyone to see. perhaps they are not the same ones, but they do look similar…they are very big and impressive.

i remember a tv program about a white explorer who bought a lot of ancient scrolls from the abbot of the ancient caves where they were housed and paid a pittance for it, one of which turned out to be the oldest text in history… i said if he had not done it, we would not have this preserved for us to study and to see. simon was sceptical and was not convinced that it justified his theft…

but when i hear now about this bull statue, that the original have been destroyed by isis, it reminds me of  that episode, and it makes me realise if not for the theft of these precious objects , with those who did it donating it to museums in the west, instead of selling it for profit ,and hence preserving them for history, we would all not be able to see these things, and they would have been lost for all time.

so would u still prefer that they are not stolen and removed rather than kept  by the original owners?? if that was done, we might not even know they existed at all, far less being able to recreate them with date cans. 

handbags, and statues

22 Oct

london 3.05pm 15.1C saturday 2016

i was on the way to the library, and always pass through parliament square on the bus. this time the bus was stopped at the square, and i saw a large crowd of tourists being addressed by a guide at the base of this statue… it was then i noticed this abraham statue looks like the one in washington dc. or rather the one in washington was sitting on the chair, this one is standing by the chair. well, i know of that statue of abraham lincoln in washington, i have seen it once myself when i visited there years ago;  but what was more firmly fixed in my memory was seeing it with ape features from the film planet of the apes, one of the sequels, where mark wahlberg was swept up to the ape  planet earth and landed in washington. strange i pass by that statue all the time but only now noticed it. ah well, not the first time these statues go by unnoticed by us londoners who live here. haha. 

 

i also took a picture of this shop window in regent st. it seems to be selling only handbags… and the thought cross my mind can u make a big business out of selling just handbags? and this shops says yes you can. haha. such is the beauty of these niche shops, selling very high end goods… handbags and shoes seem to be lucrative things to sell.