Parliament Square lies on London’s axis 5a Priest B. Among the archetypal features of type 5, 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).
The general theme in this square includes type 5b Priest (state and religion share many hallmarks, as social anthropology recognises). 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.
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Type label; Statue (archetypal features):
1 Builder; George Canning, with scroll (book). Prime Minister 1827 for 119 days, died in office. Moved here from New Palace Yard (just east of the square) in 1832, first statue in Parliament Square 1867, position moved 1949.
2 Builder; Edward Smith-Stanley, PM thrice, chancellor of Oxford University, with scroll (book).
2c Basket; Abraham Lincoln, USA president, who abolished slavery, and was assassinated in a plot (secret).
3 Queen; Benjamin Disraeli, as earl. PM 1874. Jewish born Anglican.
4 King; Mahatma Gandhi, Indian PM. He often sat on the floor (squatting), as some other statues model him. He may express type 4p (limb joints) instead.
4p Galactic South Pole; Gandhi? Closer to the centre (polar), low plinth (juncture), bare lower legs (limb-joints).
5a Priest; Robert Peel, PM 1834 and 1841.
5b Priest; Nelson Mandela, first democratic (assembly) South African president, black with some Khoe genes (varicoloured), who wore varicoloured shirts.
5c Basket Tail; Underground rail (container).
6 Exile; >? [Walpole? Theresa May? scapegoat?]
7 Child; >?
8 Healer; >?
9 Healer; >?
9c Basket Lid; Underground rail (container).
10 Teacher; >?
11 Womb; >? Margaret Thatcher (womb, law) was planned, but set for Middlesex Guildhall Supreme Court, west of the square. Suffragette Millicent Fawcett (womb) was also planned, but not sited.
12 Heart; Winston Churchill, PM in WW2 (death, war, bastion, weapon).
13 Heart; David Lloyd George, PM in WW1 (war) 1916, ordered bombings in the Middle East and India (weapon). Welsh (felid), noted for a “leonine head”. The name David is of a lion (felid) tribe.
14 Mixer; Jan Smuts, South African PM in WW2, near the axial centre (ingress).
13c Basket Head; Garden before the Treasury (container). And underground rail (container).
15 Maker; Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston, PM twice, 1859. First PM of the Liberal Party (re-creator), holding cloak (bag).
15g Galactic Gate; North-west corner path (gate, juncture).
Axial centre; Unmarked, as usual.
Midsummer and midwinter; perhaps north-south of the centre, placing midsummer between axes analogous to Leo-Cancer; thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus-Aries. The time-frame is before the work as usual, at the perceived time of formation of the current culture.
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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 a century or two.
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