The Genius of Architecture

The Genius of Architecture, Edinburgh: Address, The Genius of Architecture Reviews: 4/5

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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.

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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
Nice statue
May 2019 • Couples
I came across this statue when strolling through West Princes Street Gardens where many statues can be found. This statue by William Brodie is called The Genius of Architecture Rewarding at Once the Science and Practice of Art".
It shows a Grecian style goddess crowning two small boys with laurel leaves, presumably one boy represents Science and one Art.
Written May 17, 2019
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,168 contributions
One of the longest names for a statue!
Apr 2019 • Couples
Designed in 1862 but not unveiled to 1892 Sculpted by William Brodie who was commisioned for other statues in the garden and also Greyfriars Bobbie at Greyfriars churchyard . It sits on the bottom level of the garden and is close to the new statue of an Elephant . The woman and two chidren represent the Theory and practice of art .It is probably the most overlooked statue being on the bottom level the bulk of the visitors will only see it from afar
Written April 5, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
The Genius of Architecture Sculpture
Mar 2019 • Solo
This statue stands amongst the many statues, memorials and monuments of Princes Street Gardens. Entitled 'The Genius of Architecture Rewarding at Once the Science and the Practice of Art".

The statue depicts what appears to be a medieval scene. A lady who is wearing a crown, is placing a laurel wreath on the heads of two boys wearing kilts. The boy to her left is standing holding an open scroll and the boy on the right is kneeling and adding mortar to stone blocks with a trowel.

I'm uncertain of it's connection to Edinburgh.
Written March 23, 2019
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,668 contributions
Something different
Aug 2017 • Solo
This statue is located in West Princess Street Gardens, but unlike most of the others, it cannot be seen from the top of the gardens, so you will have to go looking for it!
Standing on a hexagonal pedestal is a crowned lady placing a laurel wreath on the heads of two boys who are wearing kilts and jackets. One boy is standing holding an open scroll, whilst the other boy is kneeling and joining blocks of stone together with a trowel.
It represents the crowning of the theory and practice of Art.
Written August 29, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Sandstone statue
Apr 2017 • Family
Located in West Princess Street Gardens, this sandstone statue shows a crowned woman representing Architecture, placing a laurel wreath on the heads of two kilted children at her feet. One shows plans for approval while the other kneels to apply mortar to a pillar. It represents the crowning of the theory and practice of Art.
Written June 25, 2017
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finglaspete
Dublin, Ireland2,558 contributions
Possibly the only statue of a woman as the centre in this city??
Oct 2016 • Couples
I actually thought it was a woman and two girls, but in fact they are two lads with Kilts on!
She is the mother of design, creativity and art, one boy is kneeling at her feet in respect, the other is looking for guidance and recognition, like it. This one, The Ross fountain, Alexander the great, Wojtek the bear and Greyfriars Bobby, memorials to officers and men who died in wars are all in that club too, but as for the rest of those rich ruling class fellas, no thanks. No thanks for their politicianing, starting wars, colonisation, ruling the workers, taxing and exploiting them too, no thanks.
One thing worth noting too, that all the good statues I mention are off the beaten track, go look for them and read my reviews on them, they are worth a look, thank you :)
Written February 4, 2017
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