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Dic Penderyn

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Something for the Gallery
« on: February 19, 2013, 02:07:42 PM »
I love the attitude of this Statue so relaxed.
 Bronze statue of Thomas Attwood by Sioban Coppinger and Fiona Peever 1993, seated on the steps in Chamberlain Square in Birmingham, England. The box-like object in the background is part of the sculpture and depicts an empty plinth with bronze pages scattered upon it and the ground.
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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2013, 03:35:25 PM »
Nice one  >thumbsup<  I am pretty sure that wasn't there in the days when I lived in Brum!

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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 06:00:09 PM »
Thomas was Brums first ever MP but was a bit of an agitator and out spoken with some very radical economical ideas so never got a knighthood.
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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 10:42:45 AM »
BY ERNEST JONES. A Chartist
(Written in the blood of the author, whilst incarcerated
 in Tothill-fields' Prison.)

         HYMN FOR ASCENSION DAY.


Chorus.            Freedom is risen!
                          Freedom is risen!
                          Freedom is risen to-day!
Single voice.     She burst from prison,
                          She burst from prison,
                          She broke from her gaolers away!
Chorus.            When was she born?
                          How was she nurst
                          Where was her cradle laid?
Single voice.     In want and scorn;
                          Reviled and curst;
                          'Mid the ranks of toil and trade.
Chorus.            And hath she gone
                          On her Holy morn,
                          Nor staid for the long work-day?
Single voice.     From heaven she came,
                          On earth to remain,
                          And bide with her sons alway.
Chorus.            Did she break the grave,
                          Our souls to save,
                          And leave our bodies in hell?
Single voice.     To save us alive,
                           If we will but strive,
                           Body and soul as well.
Chorus.             Then what must we do
                           To prove us true?
                           And what is the law she gave?
Single voice.      Never fulfil
                           A tyrant's will,
                           Nor willingly live a slave.
Chorus.             Then this we'll do,
                           To prove us true,
                           And follow the law she gave:
                           Never fulfil
                           A tyrant's will,
                           Nor willingly live a slave.
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Dic Penderyn

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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2013, 06:42:34 AM »
One thing I have learned about Thomas Attwood is that he presented the very first national petition to the commons it had over 1,200,000 signatures and was rejected by parliament. Nothing much seems to have changed since then.
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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2013, 08:39:04 AM »
Lovely bronze, Dic. Reminds me slightly of the statue of Frank Pantridge outside the arts centre in the town of my birth. Frank Pantridge invented the portable cardiac defibrillator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Pantridge

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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 11:28:19 AM »
Good one NN I love Bronzes in naturalistic poses Like they are just some one sitting or standing there.
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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2013, 09:15:25 PM »
In a town in Spain near where my father lives is a very lifelike statue of a waiter with tray, standing by a table and two chairs.  Many times in the summer when the nearby cafe overflows, couples often sit on the chairs and are served by the real life waiters.

The one thing, I don't think it is to commemmorate any one particular waiter, but I like to think of it as a tribute to ALL the waiters in Spain, with their wonderful ideas of service.

I will endeavour to obtain a photo.  (Emails being sent now!)
Tony.

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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2013, 09:23:56 AM »
Please do post once you find a photograph, ATurtle >thumbsup<

One of my very favourite bronzes is "Sheep on the Road" by Deborah Brown, not just because of the statue itself, but because of it's somewhat incongruous location outside the Waterfront Hall down in the city centre.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheep_on_the_Road

This page has better photographs.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sheep_on_the_Road,_Belfast

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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2013, 04:27:14 PM »
NN, what *fabulous* bronzes.

Thank you so much for posting the links.

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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2013, 06:06:37 PM »
Yes exelent stuff loved the shepherd guiding his little flock brill.

Thanks NN.

I like this one in Blackburn.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyenglish/3815882898/sizes/z/in/photostream/
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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2013, 07:33:24 PM »
You are both very welcome >biggrin<

That's a really lovely piece of work - right down to the detail of the little teddy bear. Thanks for posting, Dic >thumbsup<

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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2013, 07:53:41 PM »
Is OK my pleasure.  >biggrin<
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Re: Something for the Gallery
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2013, 02:28:40 PM »
Here's the picture of the waiter I promised earlier:

He stands about 6 feet tall, so is really life like, even has a pen in his breast pocket, if I remember rightly.

The town is Arroyo-de-la-Miel which is part of Benalmádena, near Torremolinos in Spain.  I am told it rained in Spain this morning, and the photo was taken in a gap between the showers!
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