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Calderstones Park

 

in Liverpool is one of the grand parks to the south of the city. Originally this was the entrance to the Harthill Estate, which later was presented to the corporation and converted to the park.

The gates are flanked by two massive ashlar pillers upon which are gigantic Atlantes,their arms outstretched to support the the upper posts and cornices. Atlantes were first used in Roman architecture instead of columns to support the upper arts of buildings. The name probably comes from Atlas, one of the Titans who was punished by Zeus and made to support the heavens with his head and hands. These statues were originally part of a building near the Liverpool townhall and were transported to the estate when the building was demolished in the 19th century.

Flanging the Alantes are four statues respresenting the four seasons. All in all a grand entrance for a park.

Calderstones Park

 

in Liverpool is one of the grand parks to the south of the city. Originally this was the entrance to the Harthill Estate, which later was presented to the corporation and converted to the park.

The gates are flanked by two massive ashlar pillers upon which are gigantic Atlantes,their arms outstretched to support the the upper posts and cornices. Atlantes were first used in Roman architecture instead of columns to support the upper arts of buildings. The name probably comes from Atlas, one of the Titans who was punished by Zeus and made to support the heavens with his head and hands. These statues were originally part of a building near the Liverpool townhall and were transported to the estate when the building was demolished in the 19th century.

Flanging the Alantes are four statues respresenting the four seasons. All in all a grand entrance for a park.

comments (5)

  • Ginnie
  • back in Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 19 May 2008, 00:42
Those Atlantes men sure do find themselves holding things up all over the world, Les! You have really done them proud here in this setting.
Les Auld: They do get around Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
You can't imagine something like this being built as a park entrance today Les!
Les Auld: Cost far too much and probably there is a lack of skill as well, thanks for the comment Bill.
Excellent shot Les, I love your composition on this. You could presumably produce another similar shot from the other side.
Les Auld: A touch more difficult Brian as the light was not right and the foliage did get in the way, thanks for the comment.
This is when men were men Les - a fascinating picture: thank you
Les Auld: Glad you like it Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • at home
  • 20 May 2008, 00:20
I'm truly impressed with this, and not a hint of damage either.
Les Auld: The Arlantes are fine but the four seasons have taken some knocks, Ellie, thanks for the comment.

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