Monday, January 16, 2006

Dragon Slaying Difficulties...



This week I am going to continue to mix it up with photos from Stockholm and Boston. There is a delightful old town area in Stockholm, known as the Gamla Stan, which full of little cobbled streets and coffee/cake shops. In one of the small plazas you’ll stumble upon this statue of a gothic looking knight brandishing his huge sword, while perched upon an evil looking armoured horse, slaying a dragon. In contrast, in the bottom right hand corner of the photo you’ll find a cowardly looking bloke called John dressed up in several layers because of the cold, waving his hands around like a bit of a plank, while perched upon a small wall slaying at thin air.

All in front of a fairly large crowd of bemused onlookers. It was a difficult statue to imitate this one I can tell you…

By all accounts, the knight in question is Saint George, who we know over here as the patron saint of England. Unfortunately, I can’t find a link between George and Sweden. According to Wikipedia, the legend of Saint George slaying the dragon used to be considered factual, but this belief has been progressively abandoned over time!

As it was a beutiful ornate looking statue, I took a closer photo, which I have posted below.

1 comment:

Ballerina said...

Statue John, you gave me a really good laugh today--that's funny! Thanks.