Thursday, May 08, 2008

Monuments to Our Enemies, Pt 1

This came up the other day after the anti-BNP demo at City Hall, perhaps I'll make it an irregular series, although the sheer amount of these things might prevent it. This statue is of Jan Smuts, South African politician and white supremacist, and sits on Parliament Square. Unlike many of the other monuments to imperialists, racists and mass murderers dotted round the British capital, the statue was actually the product of a genuinely great sculptor, Jacob Epstein: although it's not exactly his finest moment.


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I've learned that all heroes are somehow far from perfection. And most of them murderers.

Without those we wouldn´t have any statues.

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