Gothic Rocket Ship

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Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Small 7.7" x 12.0"
Medium 11.6" x 18.0"
Large 15.4" x 24.0"
Note: Image size. Matboard and frame increase size of final product

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  • Custom-made box or flat frame styles
  • High-quality timber frame finishes to suit your decor
  • Premium Perspex - clearer and lighter than glass
  • Exhibition quality box or flat frame styles

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Located on Princes Street, New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, the monument to Sir Walter Scott against a dramatic early evening June sky.

It was built during 1836-46. The architect was George Meikle Kemp (1795-1844), a joiner who entered the competition under a pseudonym to avoid prejudice; the joiner/architect sadly fell into the Union Canal in the fog and drowned before the work was completed.

The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.1 m) high, and has a series of viewing decks reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest viewing deck is reached by a total of 287 steps (those who climb the steps can obtain a certificate commemorating the event). It is built from Binnie shale quarried in nearby Livingston; the oil which continues to leech from its matrix has helped to glue the notoriously filthy atmosphere of Victorian Edinburgh (then nicknamed “Auld Reekie” — old smokey) to the tower, leaving it an unintended sooty-black colour. Bill Bryson has described it as looking like a “gothic rocket ship”.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

The Scott Monument is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 27829).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)

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