Esoteric London

No. 533: Pall Mall East, SW1

Posted in Statues by esotericlondon on March 14, 2012

Pall Mall East, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Dickens’s Dictionary of London – Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879:

Unfortunately, London is not celebrated, although it may be notorious, for its public statues. They are to be encountered in all quarters of the town, from the melancholy effigy of Cobden in Camden Town, to the uncomfortable seated figure of Peabody at the back of the Royal Exchange, or the still more forlorn Dr. Jenner in Kensington Gardens. It is difficult to go very wrong with a simple column, and as the statues which crown the York and Nelson columns are out of the reach of inspection, these monuments are not without merit.

[ The statue in the photograph above is Powerless Structures Fig 101 by the artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. It can be seen in all its shining glory, (or at least it will be shinning until the London pigeons leave their mark), on top of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. The ‘golden boy’, as the work has become known, wearing shorts and a smile astride his rocking horse is a mischeivious visual reference to the staue of King George IV on horse back next to him but is also meant to be a symbol of hope for the younger generation, an attempt to show ‘that there’s more to life than being winners or losers’ according to Elmgreen. R.D.]