Monday, 6 February 2012

New Zealand Memorial

Several war memorials stand in Hyde Park corner marking the relationship between Britain and those countries that supported her during the first and second world wars.

Today is New Zealand's national day. Waitangi Day, so named as on February 6th 1840 representatives of Queen Victoria and several Maori Chiefs signed a treaty that is the founding document of modern New Zealand, at Waitangi.

The memorial sculpture, a collaborative work by New Zealander Paul Dibble has iconic New Zealand folklore on each of the standards. Six of the standards sit slightly apart from the group and are arranged to represent the southern cross (star constellation). All of the standards have a cross on the top that glows at night to represent the New Zealand sky.

13 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

How interesting. As is so often the case, you surprise me Mo with quirky details of London, Mo

Julie said...

All black(s)

Angie said...

A very touching memorial.

Adullamite said...

The Kiwis deserve a better memorial than that Mo. Not impressed.

Dave said...

Stark contrasts for a stark reminder, I like the crosses on the tops.

Sharon said...

A simple and dramatic memorial sitting in the snow!

Brianna Asaro said...

Love the look of this memorial.Simplistic yet powerful.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Interesting story Mo, I like that they're arranged to represent the southern cross.

Giselle said...

Thank you very much for showing us this memorial. you made this colonial's day! from New Zealand, giselle

RedPat said...

Such a strong piece - especially in the snow!

Jack said...

Very interesting, Mo. I like your image. Thanks for the information.

Witness said...

nice shot.

Gunn said...

I learn so much by following your blog....
I suddenly thought about "the Norwegian stone" who is also a symbol of what happened 1940-1945, and also in the park.

Looks cold in London!

Keep warm and enjoy the winter!

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