SK6231 : Statue of Hercules

taken 8 years ago, near to Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Statue of Hercules
Statue of Hercules
This statue is a copy of the 'Farnese Hercules', a Roman statue of 1st or 2nd century, by Charles Harriott Smith in 1851. It was carved for the Geological Museum in London from a single, 15-ton block of stone quarried at Portland in Dorset. After 20 years of public display the statue was deemed offensive to Victorian propriety, and Hercules' genitals were removed (and stored) and replaced by a fig leaf. On the removal of Hercules to Keyworth in 1977 the decision was taken to restore him to 'a complete and entire state', although he was originally hidden in an inner courtyard and inaccessible to a casual visitor. Prior to further building work in that area, Hercules was relocated to the side of the main entrance, where he is now gloriously displayed again.

Details from the Public Monument and Sculpture Association, National Recording Project.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 1 July, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6208 3164 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.7192N 1:4.7401W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6208 3164
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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