Friday, August 05, 2011

'Burghers of Calais' by Auguste Rodin

London The Unfinished City
Freedom from Oppression.

Friday August 5, 2011.

The Unfinished City has an amazing amount of statues, memorials, sculptures and public art, both permanent and temporary, dotted around its streets and environs.

This sculpture stands in the Victoria Tower Gardens, on a spot picked by Auguste Rodin himself.

Brief History

Auguste Rodin created the original sculpture in 1889, and later made four casts of it, of which this is one. 

It commemorates the six leading elders of Calais who, during the Hundred Year War, offered their lives to King Edward III, if he would spare the lives of the town's people. King Edward agreed, and all of the people of the town were allowed to leave.

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