August 10, 2014

The Face of Industry

Filed under: General — Bill @ 8:32 pm

Industry

The Victoria Memorial comprises a group of three bronze statues mounted on a 30-foot plinth of Portland Stone. On top of the plinth is a statue of the Queen, and mounted to either side of the plinth and lower down from the Queen were statues representing Peace and Industry.

Peace holds a palm in one hand and an orb in the other. Above her are representations of the fruits of the earth, signifying plenty. Industry is a powerfully built workman stripped to the waist. Around him are emblems of the industries of Leeds; and above him are carvings representing the fruits of the sea, signifying the nation’s naval character. Sadly Industry was removed to a council shed twenty-five years ago, and never returned.

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