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Friday, 4 March 2016

The dinosaurs of Crystal Palace


 These are part of a series of extinct animal sculptures in Crystal Palace Park, South London. The park was designed between 1852-55 for the relocation of Crystal Palace. Sir Joseph Paxton designed and built the Crystal Palace in 1851 for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park.
 The sculptures and geological illustrations were part of the educational theme of invention and discovery. They were the first dinosaur sculptures in the world and pre-dated Charles Darwin's book 'On the origin of species' by 6 years.





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21 comments:

  1. These are so interesting! And the fact that they predated Darwin is impressive. What a cool thing Sir Paxton created. :-)

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  2. It is amazing that they have lasted so long.

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  3. It's not every day that you see dinosaur reflections these days! I remember reading about the Crystal Palace, but I guess we didn't see it.

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  4. Very Jurassic - this would be a great place for a day out with the kids.

    Diana

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  5. Thank you. I will add this to our list of things to see when next in London. Warm regards.

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  6. I really like your photos – certainly an interesting subject. It must be fun to see these while walking around this park. I saw pictures of the original Crystal Palace – I would have loved to be able to visit it during the exhibition of 1851 – that is when I wish we could go back in time, if just for one day …

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  7. Love the dinosaurs! So cool! In my hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota we have a "dinosaur park" up on the highest hill in town.

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  8. Glorious series of reflection shots. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. I like it how the dinosaurs almost blend in the landscape. Makes it look so real!

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  10. I have been so often in the park of Christal Palace because my son lived very close to it in the very beginning. I have seen the remains of the old palace but never these dinosaurs. How is that possible ?

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  11. Nice reflections and love all the prehistoric animals to watch there.

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  12. It's wonderful they have survived the weather all these years. I know four little boys who would love to see them!

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  13. Now that would be a fun place to take my grandkids.
    On a different subject. Have you ever walked or considered walking the Camino? my husband has a bee in his bonnet so the speak and is trying to get me to agree to do it in 2017. I know you are a hiker.....Y our thoughts...Janey

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  14. Wow, enormous statures! This park I would not picture in London:)
    Forgot if I invited you to my new meme called SEASONS from Mon 8am to Wed.7pm (US, Pacific time). Any experience during the season goes, so you can use a thumbnail of recent weeks! Hope you'll join in! Wishing you a happy Sunday:)

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  15. This looks like another fun place to visit. Like those reflections in your second shot...makes our dinosaur friends look quite real.

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  16. Unicorns on one blog - dinosaurs on another - what is the world coming to?

    Don't know what that general name is - but one of the unicorns is in fact called Uni!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. You've shot us yet another aspect of hidden London. It's very interesting that the sculptures predated Origin of Species.

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  18. You've shot us yet another aspect of hidden London. It's very interesting that the sculptures predated Origin of Species.

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  19. I wonder how 'real' those statues are compared to today's knowledge of how dinosaurs looked.

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  20. London? Don´t think I have seen this before. My grandson would love it :)

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