Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Look up ...


As a founder member of the Victorian Society, the poet Sir John Betjeman ought to be happy to be on the Saltaire blog!  The statue, as I'm sure you know, is not in Saltaire, but proudly stands in London's St Pancras International Station, which in the past he lobbied to save.  It's a sculpture by Martin Jennings and I love it.  It has such a sense of presence, life and lightness even though it's cast in bronze.

I have to confess I don't know many Betjeman quotes and none that seemed apt here.  But the way he's looking up reminds me of a little prayer card I have that simply says: "Look up when you're feeling down".  Wise words.

20 comments:

  1. Looking for the bombs to fall on Slough? St Pancras is on my list for a photo trip, been meaning to go there since it opened.

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  2. A sculpture can be pretty controversial when it's considered to have missed the mark. This one gets it so right, on so many levels. Nicely captured by your good self.

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  3. I thought it was one of those street actors that spray themselves to look like metal! I think its a great statue. I wish your daughter well and hope the baby arrives safely. What a worry for you all. xxxx

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  4. I love this kind of statue too! very alive, and a beautyful tribute to the concerned person !

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  5. Hi Jenny .. great photo .. the statue must be fairly recently added - it's great to see St Pancras and Kings Cross nearly finished ..

    Wishing you and your daughter and family all the best - Hilary

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  6. Wise words indeed. Life is as easy as we made it.

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  7. Before another year has passed, I fully intend to take a trip to London by train. We go down to visit family but always travel by car.

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  8. This sculpture would make me smile every time I passed it!

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  9. This is great! Is it great "art"? Who cares. It is great fun and makes us all smile.

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  10. Well done Martin. I wonder what John has in his shopping bag?

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  11. I agree : looking up often provides you with the most interesting sights. I was looking forward to looking up in Thornton today - but I have a bad back and find it almost impossible to walk any distance, never mind look up.

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  12. Hi! I'm back. I love these sculptures that are posed in natural life like positions. I saw some in Perth recently.

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  13. The pose looks so believable as if it's the sillouette of a live person! ~Lili

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  14. What a whimsical statue! How could you not stop and take a picture! Jim

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  15. A wonderful statue! Would that more were so light-hearted!

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  16. Great capture - clever people who create these sculptures; love the detail.
    Prayers are with you and yours for a blessed outcome.

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