Parliament Square lies on London’s axis 5:20B Aquarius. Among the archetypal features of type 5 Aquarius, are ‘assembly’, ‘varicoloured’, and ‘world’. Eleven statues of democratic leaders, form two thirds of a small-scaled but dense stoneprint cycle here, probably awaiting five more iconic characters (on the blank axial lines in the map).
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Type label; Statue (archetypal features):
1 Taurus; George Canning, with scroll (book). Prime Minister 1827 for 119 days, then died. From New Palace Yard (just east of the square) 1832, first statue in Parliament Square 1867, position moved 1949.
2 Taurus; Edward Smith-Stanley, PM thrice, chancellor of Oxford University, with scroll (book).
3c Cista; Abraham Lincoln, USA president, abolished slavery, was assassinated in a plot (secret).
3 Aries; Benjamin Disraeli, as earl. PM 1874. Jewish born Anglican.
4 Pisces; Mahatma Gandhi, India PM, often sat on the floor (squatting), as some other statues model him. May express 4p instead.
4p Galactic South Pole; Gandhi? Closer to the centre (polar), low plinth (juncture), bare lower legs (limb joints).
5:20 Aquarius; Robert Peel, PM 1834, and 1841.
5:21 Aquarius; Nelson Mandela, first democratic (assembly) South African president, black with some Khoe genes (varicoloured), wore varicoloured shirts.
6 Capricornus; ? [Walpole?]
7 Sagittarius; ?
8 Scorpius; ?
9 Scorpius; ?
10 Libra; ?
11 Virgo; ? Margaret Thatcher (womb, law) was planned, but set for Middlesex Guildhall Supreme Court, west of the square. Suffragette Millicent Fawcett (womb) was planned.
12 Leo; Winston Churchill, PM in WW2 (death, war, bastion, weapon).
13 Leo; Lloyd George, PM in WW1 (war) 1916, ordered bombings in the Middle East and India (weapon). Welsh (feline), noted for a “leonine head”.
14 Cancer; Jan Smuts, South African PM in WW2, near the axial centre (ingress).
14cH; Garden before the Treasury; and a rail tube.
15 Gemini; Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston, PM twice, 1859. First PM of the Liberal Party (re-ordering). Holding a cloak (bag).
15g Galactic Gate; North-west corner path (gate, juncture).
The axial centre, or ecliptic pole, is unmarked as usual. The celestial poles may lie north-south, placing ‘summer’ in Leo-Cancer, thus ‘spring’ and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus-Aries.
The general theme in this square includes type 5:21 Aquarius. All five layers of structural expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture. There was no master plan for placing these statues in advance. Events, inspiration and compromises conspire to express structural ‘grammar’ in artworks and building sites.
London authorities have announced that they do not plan to erect any further statues in Parliament Square, for being “crowded” with statues, but the incomplete cycle is likely to attract completion. A statue of Margaret Thatcher was planned for the adjacent Supreme Court at Middlesex Guidhall (from where George Canning and Abraham Lincoln express their parts in the Parliament Square cycle). Completion may take centuries.
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