Why erect one monument when you can erect three? If something is worth commemorating then let’s make a big impact by tripling up!
That’s simplistic of course. Many of the monuments/sculptures in the following photos are actually just a small section of a much larger number of similar ones. But some are very deliberately in a group of three, so I’ll start this Thursday Trios post with those.
Monument to Party Foundation, Pyongyang
This was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party. It depicts three clenched fists, one holding a hammer, one a sickle and one a writing brush. These constitute the party symbol, representing the three branches of the party: industrial workers, farmers and intellectuals.
This shot from further back shows the scale of the monument – notice the figure of a man passing in front of it.
Juche Tower, Pyongyang
We see the same symbols in this sculptural piece at the foot of the Juche Tower.
My featured photo is also from Pyongyang and shows three of the many memorial busts at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery. Each of these is based on a photograph of a martyr who people who participated in the revolution; they are therefore very realistic.
Here are just three of roughly 2,000 Devata or Apsara reliefs to be found at Angkor Wat. These are depictions of beautiful women, with ornate hairdos and jewellery, bare-breasted and often posed as if dancing.
These are just a few of the relief carvings on the Terrace of the Leper King in Angkor Thom, King Jayavarman VII’s great city. It is the largest complex at Angkor.
The Monument of the Discoveries, Belem
The Padrão dos Descobrimentos celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries under the leadership of Henry the Navigator. In addition to Henry himself at the front of the monument, there are 33 other figures of which these are just three: Alfonso de Albuquerque, St. Francis Xavier, Christopher da Gama.
Three saints crown the façade of Pisa’s Duomo, which personally I found far more impressive than its famous Leaning Tower!
Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
The ornate porch of this basilica in Bergamo’s old Citta Alta is crowned with these figures of the Madonna with Child flanked by St Esther and St Grata.
Finally three of the fifteen moai on Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on Rapa Nui.
I’m also sharing these mostly very public monuments for Marsha’s Photographing Public Art challenge, although the two Angkor ones don’t meet her criterion of being free to view. I hope she’ll forgive me as the remainder do fit the brief!