A note for visitors coming via Chris Zeigler's grumpy comments in
The 9 Most Baffling Monuments to Great People.
Chris has redesigned his webpage, But I'm still unsure why Londoners -
or anyone else - would find Oscar "baffling".
After all, sculptor Maggi Hambling gives us a few small clues. Like the quotation from one of his plays - in very large letters. Plus his name and dates.
To be fair to Chris, he seems to taken a few moments to sit on the sculpture/bench for a chat with Oscar. Only to be scared in case: "that thing would begin with it beckoning our souls down into whatever pit of hell it slithered up from ..."
So I guess Chris must have visited on a really bad day. When we've strolled from the National Gallery, to pay our respects to Oscar, he always seems smiling and relaxed — especially for someone who's been dead over 112 years. And though Maggi Hambling's metal tendrils do suggest some worm activity, and his hair is slightly dishevelled, will Chris Zeigler look any better in the next century?
Photo 23 March 2008. Londoners seem to have taken to Maggi Hambling's
sculpture which wittily commemorates Oscar Wilde.
The quotation is from Wilde's play Lady Windermere’s Fan :
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.
§ Oscar Wilde #3 Italian translation from Google.
§ Download the English version of Lady Windermere's Fan from Project Gutenberg Website.
§ Another sculpture by Maggi Hambling - Scallop - provoked controversy in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast. That sculpture honours the composer Benjamin Britten. (1) (2) .