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Fab sculpture in Berkeley Square - but what's the faceless nun all about?

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  2. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    are you sure that's a nun? :hmm:
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    No idea. What else might it be?
     
  4. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

  5. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    My first thought was a suffragette due to the sash. A quick google later and I wonder whether it might be to do with this:

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

    ETA - this bit in particular:

    Louis then murders suffragette Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne (her hot air balloon pierced by an arrow followed by a fatal fall, with Louis remarking, "I shot an arrow in the air. She fell to earth in Berkeley Square.)
     
  6. maldwyn

    maldwyn What?

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  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Doesn't seem to fit the manner of her deah though:
     
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Hooray! Thank you!
     
  9. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I wonder if it's there because it's close to the original convent in the area (Convent Garden was the original name for Covent Garden).
     
  10. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

  11. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

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  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Looks like a Jesuit priest rather than a nun
     
  13. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Or something from Bosch's Hell
     
  14. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    No, nuns, especially ones on the continent, have headgear like that.
     
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's not a real nun, you know :D
     
  16. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby If specified, this will replace the title

    Reminds me of Nemesis the Warlock
     
  17. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    ...but that starched paper aeroplane headgear is very reminiscent of my childhood and Mass in the French church, with attendant strange women with what looked liked Concorde on their bonces...
     
  18. maldwyn

    maldwyn What?

    Maybe they shoved it there because he did the bomber command memorial in Green Park last month.

    ETA
     
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The more I look at the sculpture, the more I like it.

    You can only see one of them in the pic, but there were two dogs taking a keen interest in me when I was taking the photos, barking at me, trying to chew on bits of me in a 'friendly' way and generally getting being a nuisance, while the owner chatted to his mate nearby.
     
  20. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I came across that and dismissed it
     
  21. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    That's why I dismissed the nun idea, although the headdress did seem familiar, but I wondered why there was a foreign nun there :D
     
  22. GarfieldLeChat

    GarfieldLeChat fucking awesome but wrong

    Julie Andrews...

    you know my Dad's a nun...
     
  23. Hocus Eye.

    Hocus Eye. Snap, crop, scrap crap

    I must go and have a look at that someday. I think it is fabulous. Philip Jackson is a proper figurative sculptor - non of that conceptual stuff. With that Nun series as shown online he seems to have invented a new sculptural language based on nun style costumes. The one in the OP really looks like she is about to be lifted up by the wind.
     
  24. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Yeah, I thought Mary Poppins had lost her umbrella and changed her hat
     
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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