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.
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