Statues and Memorials in London: Physical Energy

Posted: March 7, 2015 in London, UK
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Physical Energy is a bronze cast statue by George F Watts and can be found in Hyde Park in London. It is one of 3 full size castings that were made. The first originally stood as the site of Rhodes grave in Zimbabwe but was later moved to the Rhodes monument near Cape Town, South Africa. The other originally was displayed in Lusaka but is now in the grounds of the national archive in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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The Statue is of a naked rider in classical style. with one hand he holds the reins and with the other he shields his eyes as he looks into the distance. The work took twenty years as Watts started designing it in 1883 and the first cast was not made until 1902. The statue in London is the second cast. It is claimed to be the largest bronze statue cast in the United Kingdom.

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