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The Genius of Architecture by Tom Gomez


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This statue, named The Genius of Architecture is in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland. It shows a crowned woman with two male kilted children at her feet. One shows plans for approval whilst the other kneels to apply mortar to a pillar. It represents the crowning of the theory and practice of Art. Edinburgh Castle can be seen in the background.

Designed in 1862 by William Brodie 1815- 1881 (not to be confused with the infamous William Deacon Brodie) the statue was not unveiled until 1891 ten years after the artists’ death.

Brodie was a prolific sculptor and is responsible for a number of statues in Edinburgh and Glasgow including James Young Simpson also in West Princes Street Gardens and the bronze statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby outside Greyfriars Kirk.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Canon 18-55mm IS lens


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro. Some perspective correction in Photoshop Elements.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : Statues and Such : 10 Nov 09

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  • imagic
    imagicabout 5 years ago

    Great capture Tom, good light, nice focus, good Composition, well done and a FAV.

  • Thank you kindly Jens …

    – Tom Gomez

    BLYTHARTabout 5 years ago

    One day … one day … I will get to visit Edinburgh again and this time I hope to see more than just Princes Streeet and Scots Monument. You have really whetted my appetite for the city.

  • Thank you Dave, glad you like it. Try this interactive map. Just click on the symbols in the gardens to get lots of information.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured Tom!!!! And your commentary is interesting as always!!!
    Excellent in every way!!!!
    Your links are a great help in my “Maineiac” tour!!!!!! From my arm chair!!!! lol
    Thanks Tom for this view!!!!

  • Thank you so much dear Brenda, there is a great deal to see in this lovely city …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 5 years ago

    I always loved the sculptures that adorn Edinburgh. I used to stare at them endlessly when I was growing up. It’s one of the things along with the stonework on Edinburgh’s old buildings and Churches that I miss.
    The Auld Yin.

  • Thank you so much Alex. I grew up in Linlithgow, another place steeped in history, but I never paid any attention to it at the time. Now I am older (though not necessarily wiser), I love the history and can not get enough of it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 5 years ago

    I love your informative narrative and links alongside such a beautifully composed image.. thanks for both.. a gorgeous combination


  • Thank you so much dear Maggie, so glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Tom and the narrative is always so informative!

  • Thank you dear Barbara, I do try. My wife agrees with me, she says I am very trying …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Ha, ha!!!

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture Tom!!!!!

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 5 years ago

    Another amazing piece of history, thanks Tom!

  • Thank you kindly dear Mel …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyabout 5 years ago

    Nice capture again Tom

  • Thank you Tim …

    – Tom Gomez

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