Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Battle of Britain Monument

London The Unfinished City
A Monument to "The Few".

Wednesday May 2, 2012.

I have always been fascinated by the various statues, monuments and memorials dotted around London, including the temporary pieces that appear every now-and-again.

I also have a fascination with the Battle of Britain, so, when I found out about this monument, I had to visit it.

Brief History

The founder of the Battle of Britain Historical Society, Bill Bond, conceived of the idea for the monument and set about making it a reality, and asked Paul Day, the sculptor, to help make it a reality. 

The monument is 25m long and is built on a granite structure, with bronze panels, depicting scenes from the battle. Bronze plaques adorn the monument, listing 2,936 allied airmen and crew who took part in the battle. There are, also, statues of life sized airmen, scrambling for their aircraft, as the central piece.

The casting was carried out by Morris Singer, the oldest fine art foundry in the world. They are responsible for the casting of many of the prominent statues here in London, and around the world.

The monument was unveiled on September 18, 2005: The 65th anniversary of the battle.

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