A Colossus for London

The Spirit of Man by Lewis Pollock

[image via colossusoflondon.com]

When I get an email from a reader with subject line including the phrase “A Colossus fo London,” my interested perks. Now this particular colossus, properly known as “The Spirit of Man,” is a 320 ft high anthropomorphic tower proposed by London-based sculptor and modelmaker Lewis Pollock. Let me say that again: a 320 ft high anthropomorphic tower. For a little perspective on things, that’s the exact height of Big Ben and more than twice the height of the planet’s reigning colossus, The Statue of Liberty. Part building and part sculpture, it’s difficult to tell exactly how this edifice is occupied by looking at the three ft tall scale model (pictured), but I’m going to venture to say that the ribcage is a likely destination for London tourists looking to get a view out over the Thames. Oh and one more thing: much like “The Most Awesome Building in the Universe“, The Colossus of London can be set on fire…you know, for special occasions. With a great debt to the Wickerman, this habitable effigy is skinned in a network of natural gas pipes that ignite the building for, in the words of the sculptor, “certain agreed national festivals.” And in the unlikely event of a Godzilla-like monster or giant robot attack, The Spirit of Man will animate to kick monster / robot ass….but in a civil, distinctly British way. Full figure shot after the jump. Continue reading “A Colossus for London”

Colossus of Rhodes: Redux

[The Colossus of Rhodes by Salvador Dali]

What is it about giant anthropomorphic statues that so captures our imagination? Is it the astonishing craftsmanship? The audacious use of material? Or perhaps it’s the primal thrill of seeing our bodies represented at the scale of a god? Whatever the reason, no statue in history has provoked more wonder than the Colossus of Rhodes. Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes continues to intrigue despite —or perhaps because of—a convoluted history full of speculation and conflicting physical descriptions that’s often more myth than fact. Nonetheless, the mind reels at the thought of its possible reconstruction: historic sacrilege or inspired recreation? The best answer is, of course, somewhere between. Continue reading “Colossus of Rhodes: Redux”