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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 20 August 2012

The Economist's plaza

Just off St James's street is the Economist's Plaza - home to the magazine of that name. Walking past I happened to glance in and notice this larger than life sculpture. At first I didn't realise it was a sculpture as from a distance it looked so life like. But as I approached this rather desolate looking man I realised that unless giants had taken over London then this was the work of a talented scultptor. There were 3 figures in the plaza: 
The seated man


The walking woman

Woman (Being looked at)
They are the works of Sean Henry. I will now have to search out any further examples of his work.

At the other side of the Plaza was this water feature called 'The Eclipse'. Difficult to show just how fascinating it was by still photos but I'm sure you get the idea.

29 comments:

  1. What a special sculptures, they look so real indeed. I thought the walking woman on the first photo was real too. Very nice.

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  2. An interesting plaza. The sculptures are very life like but you say they were bigger than real people that is a bit hard to notice in the photos. Shame you didn't have a real person close by to give us an idea of perspective. The hand rail in the last shot does give the idea of the size of the sculpture. I like the old man best.

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  3. What an amazing set of sculptures .. they looks SO life-like. My favourite is the Seated Man.

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  4. I've seen quite a few realistic, life-sized sculptures... but none that look so life-like! Particularly the "Seated Man"! I can only imagine the odd thoughts in people's minds when they see him sitting there in the London rain without moving from his seat... ;o)

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  5. Wonderful sculptures. I like them all and am unsure of what I am looking at with the eclipse, but it looks very interesting.

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  6. Hi There, WOW---those sculptures, especially the first one, look REAL.... They are fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Unbelievable the man looks really real ! at least on the photo, the other sculptures less, but they are alle good.

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  8. Wow! Statue are so creative ~ Your photography is excellent ~ ( A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Those sculpture would be easy to mistake for real people from a distance. Good shots.

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  10. What superb statues!! Yes, it would be easy to mistake them for real people from a distance! Terrific captures for the day! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!

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  11. Wow - that is talent! I, too, would have been taken in by the seated man - thinking he was real. The Eclipse looks fascinating; would love to see it in operation. Thanks for Sharing.

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  12. The statues are all very nice. Each one looks like a real person, I would think so from a distance. Great shots, thanks for sharing.

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  13. How real they look! That is great talent!

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  14. Those are great sculptures and good photos of them. I get the idea of that fountain, it looks awesome.

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  15. What interesting sculptures! And I so enjoyed your Olympic memories. It will be a hard act to follow. I'm an English Australian and it all made me feel quite homesick.

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  16. That is great public art - the eclipse is an interesting idea and seems to have been captured quite well.

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  17. These are good statues. Now, I have no objection to modern art, but when things are displayed in public I think they need to be a little more accessible than some abstract blob! These fit the bill very well.

    In Angry Birds you fire the birds in the catapult (!) at buildings made by the pigs who stole the birds eggs! If you knock the buildings down you get points! Its deeply silly, rather good fun and about all I can manage to do some times on the train home from work!

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  18. Splendid art installations! We ought to have more of these in other public places. These remind of the Crystal building down in Manhattan's Liberty Plaza wherein they piped in at the immense lobby area a continuous flow of Brian Eno's ambient music. It was delightful yet meditative.

    Cheers!

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  19. I love those sculptures, impressive.

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  20. The sculptures are very life like.

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  21. You know one of the things I love about London is that you think you know the place so well and then you discover bits like his, hidden gems, you had no idea where there.

    Mollyxxx

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  22. Those statues are so life-like!

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  23. I like the stone building seen behind the “woman being looked at” sculpture and the eclipse is an imaginative construct that I am sure is fascinating to see in person. So nice to see the creativity of them all!

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  24. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  25. I like the sculptures. The sitting man and the walking woman look quite real!

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  26. Some striking art work, to be sure. I like all of them. The eclipse piece must be wonderful in natural light!

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  27. Wow! I like those sculptures! You 've got an interesting blog!

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