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Albert Memorial

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Thomas Worthington
 
location Manchester
function monument
contributed by CUBEManchester

Funded by public subscription during the national mourning for the Prince Consort and designed as a suitable receptacle to 'contain or cover' the statue (by Matthew Noble), Worthington chose a Gothic style to create an elaborate canopy topped by a spire. Elevated on a stepped plinth, the armorial decoration refers to Albert's Saxon origins, while his work in England is referred to by the small corner statues representing Art, Science, Agriculture and Commerce. These figures inhabit small corner tabernacles and were temporarily removed in the 1960s to reduce maintenance. Combining architectural and decorative motifs, this is the centrepiece of by far the best statuary group in the city and its setting was enhanced by the subsequent design of the Town Hall. (This statue predates the larger and more famous Albert Memorial in London by 15 months, and it is hard to believe that its design did not influence Sir George Gilbert Scott's work.)

 

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Naomi says:
Hi Franks and 3Dguy
You're right, strictly this building is not modern. But MIMOA does not judge, we only serve as a platform of information, and a project is placed as long as the (minimal required) information is correct and complete. Read more in our recently published blogpost about "Content Selection and Quality"
Amsterdam, Netherlands 23-Jul-10
3Dguy says:
If I look at "what is modern" in the faq section then this is not a modern building.
http://www.mimoa.eu/faq/
Leveroy, Netherlands 22-Jul-10
Franks says:
I will not argue if this is architecture. But 'modern' architecture? Come on!
Amsterdam, Netherlands 22-Jul-10
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Albert Memorial
Address
Albert Square 14
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours 24/7 from the outside.
Completion 1862
ArchitectThomas Worthington
 
Project ID 6111
Latitude/Longitude 53°22'57N 02°21'16W
Contributed by CUBEManchester
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