Monday, November 4, 2013

"Dave"

  After two weeks of steeping myself in the history of London, on my last day I ran into this modern memorial on Tower Hill.
It commemorates the lives of all the workers who have died in construction accidents and celebrates the contribution of generation after generation of workers who have built and rebuilt London over time. The pose of the figure has been compared to Michelangelo's "David," and it would seem the sculptor intended the similarities as the tape measure clipped to his belt is engraved with the name "Dave." 

  
   Dave is looking out over the final lap of the Tour of Britain cycling race and in the sky to the right construction cranes carry on the work of building in London.  Not far to the right is the memorial for the Great Fire of 1666.  At the center is The steeple of All Hallows' Church, the oldest church in London, that withstood the bombs of World War II that destroyed so much of the city.  And on the plinth, today's workers have placed their lunch sacks and cans of soda in a safe place. 
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12 comments:

  1. Most of us tendto forget that many workers have been killed at construction and re-construction jobs. I like this statue honouring them.

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  2. It seems that there is so much history in this shot. It's a grand gesture to acknowledge those who gave their lives for the rest of mankind.

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  3. What a nice memorial to the unseen people who are so essential to our way of life.

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  4. A good choice Cynthia. A tribute to the common man.

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  5. Thanks for sharing related information about it sculpture!
    Great post!

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  6. I have just had a lovely browse around your blog.... thanks for sharing.

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  7. Wonderful monument and lovely capture!

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  8. A tribute to the common man. Great capture!

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  9. That is very nice ! For once a tribute who have really contributed to our culture. If I look at all these cathedrals, castles, pyramids etc. I wonder how many workers have died for that !

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  10. I've been to London many times but haven't seen this. Will have to add to my list for next visit.

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