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Friday, 25 June 2010

Skywatch Friday - Sir Keith Park

The New Zealand RAF commander Sir Keith Park was such a formidable commander during the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Malta, that the Germans nick named him 'The Defender of London'.
His statue was on the 4th plinth at Trafalgar Square from November 2009 until May 2010.

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8 comments:

B SQUARED said...

A temporary statue? Never heard of that before.

jabblog said...

Very pleasing composition :-)
I hope the statue has a permanent home in London now.

Babzy said...

nice view , enjoy the blue sky :)

EG Wow said...

What happened to the statue after May 2101? It was beautiful day when you took this photo.

/t. said...

well,
am so happy
to see they settled
on the statue instead of a park
for park, as park park would have been way too too

× × ×

/t.

Irina said...

Yes, and where did the hero go after May 2010?
So beautiful city London is.

Karine said...

I love all the whites and blues in this shot! Have they taken the statue away for restoration?

IleDuLevant said...

For those of you wondering...
Trafalgar Square is the home to many statues and busts recognising military success, not just Nelson's Column. However, there is a fourth plinth that never received its equestrian statue – it lay empty (and went largely unnoticed) for decades. When the new steps and lifts to the National Gallery were built, it was decided to fill the plinth – but with what? The solution: to have a rolling programme of temporary statues, not necessarily military in nature. This particular statue has a permanent home not far away in Waterloo Place, home to the lesser known Duke Of York column but more pertinently, not too far from the New Zealand High Commission building. At the moment, the fourth plinth is home to the world's largest ship in a bottle, a model of Nelson's HMS Victory.

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