Singular Statues: the KinderTransport

I don’t know about you, but I often walk around London without taking clear note of my surroundings – intent only on reaching my destination.  It’s when I arrive early somewhere for a meeting (30 minutes in this instance) that I feel I have the time to look around – and when visiting Liverpool Street…

Lego-fan-tastic: The Art of the Brick

As soon as I saw the word LEGO, I knew I would be hooked but this Art of the Brick exhibit has taken me a little by surprise.  I didn’t expect the subtlety, the complexity or the emotional impact of some of the artworks created by these little plastic bricks. Based at London’s Old Truman Brewery…

Singular Statues: Terence Cuneo

When waiting for my train to arrive at Waterloo London the other day, I took a stroll around the station to stretch my legs.  Hidden between two fast food stalls, I was surprised to find a large bronze statue, close to the former Eurostar terminal. Closer inspection reveals that it is a 1.5 times larger…

Singular Statues: The Lovers

For me, the interest in this statue is of the entwined couple, standing under the clock at St Pancras International, surrounded by the architectural beauty that is Barlow’s great train shed – the Victorian engineering marvel of its day. This 9 m tall (29.53 ft) statue – more accurately known as The Meeting Place –…

Singular Statures: Isis, Kensington Gardens

As a vervent follower of the Cambridge and Oxford University Boat Race each year (am an Oxford fan), I was intrigued to see on the map of Kensington Gardens a reference to a statue of Isis.  Of course I had to see what it was all about and I found it adjacent to the Diana Memorial Fountain, overlooking the lake in…

Singular Statues: #12 – The Pioneer Statue

The Pioneer Statue is located on Broad Street, Old Portsmouth close on the water side to one of the old Sally Ports.  It was presented to the City of Portsmouth by The Pioneer Heritage Foundation on 27th August 2001 to act as a “permanent legacy to the commitment of the Europeans who courageously left their…

Singular Statues: #11 Sir John Betjeman

It was only when reading coverage of Martin Jennings’ recent statue of Charles Dickens, just unveiled, that I recalled that I have seen his work – and admired it – before.  It’s at St Pancras International and it’s a statue dedicated to Sir John Betjeman who was instrumental in the fight to save Sir John…

Singular Statues: #10 The Mudlarks

My mother grew up on The Hard – her grandmother ran her own pub there – now sadly gone, destroyed in WWII.  She told me about the poor of Portsea and I seem to remember her telling me stories about the Mudlarks. She didn’t consider them “the poor” – she considered them her kith and…

The Pickwick Bicycle Club

My introduction to The Pickwick Bicycle Club came as a result of the unveiling of the UK’s first statue to honour the novelist Charles Dickens, in the city of his birth, Portsmouth. Cycling in from stage right, weaving their way through bollards, chairs and pedestrians were a bevy of five or six cyclists – some…

Singular Statues: #9 Charles Dickens Unveilled

It was a truly British occasion – 7th February 2014. A few ladies and gentlemen were dressed in Victorian attire and suddenly, through the Guildhall precinct on what can still be termed Commercial Road, came a team of penny farthing cyclists weaving through the pedestrians (The Pickwick Bicycle Club) – all to a backdrop of…