The Mighty Falls - Grey Image(2) - on Tour Europe

chijude

Adelaide, Australia

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Pentax Optio 750Z 1/40 7mm F 2.8 ISO 200 – Point and Shoot
Overcast, grey and raining; grey stone and grey story. It is said that when the scuptor was not paid his dues, the image surrounding the lion took on the form of a pig – a comment perhaps of what he thought of the patron who kept the purse strings closed – I wonder? What I now find interesting – and disappointing – I can not recall the legend or story of the demise of the poor lion!
However with thanks to Lisa Williams and Wikapedia …
“A sculpture designed by Bertal Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.
The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleu-de-lis of the French monarchy, beside him is another shield being the coat of arms of Switzerland. The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers, and approximate number of soldiers who died (DCCLX =760) and survivors (CCCL=350) Wikapedia.
Taken in what I believe is Gletschergarten Lowendenkmal Luzern Switzerland. Perhaps someone can help me with the details? I had posted an earlier close up image of the lion which did not attract attention or comment. Can someone help? (Lisa Williams 17/11/09 … thank you!!)

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