London, Westminster, Thames Embankment, Statue of Boudicca on her war chariot. By Thomas Thorneycroft. Was erected in 1902.
In AD 60 or 61, Queen Boudica – queen of the British Iceni tribe – is another woman in herstory that is a powerful one. She led an uprising against the Roman Empire’ s forces. Despite Boudica’s daughters being raped and her rightful kingdom being prematurely taken from her, she found the strength lead an uprising and fight for justice.
The sculpture although literal, Is still powerful. Boudica stands straight and determined. Focused on the task ahead on her own chariot and wearing her crown. She has her daughters beside her and her arms a raised in a commanding way. The story goes she gave a speech presenting herself as an ordinary woman wanting freedom and justice for her daughters. And said to the people even though she is a woman, she would fight or die and the men had a choice to live as slaves if they wanted. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudica)
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The sculpture commands attention. It is dynamic and full of movement. I have seen this work live in London and it certainly has a presence. Having a strong presence and immediate and a more subtle impact is something I would like to capture in my own work. As well as having a powerful narrative.