Monday, November 11, 2013
Albert Memorial - Royal Albert Hall
Here are some more London photos. The Albert Memorial, built by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Albert, is at the southern edge of Kensington Gardens. From a distance, it didn't strike me as very remarkable, and I found the design a bit odd with the peaked roof looking too big for the rest of it.
When I got close to it though, I liked it better as the proportions change when you are near it.
Although it is a memorial to Albert, it has a lot to say about Queen Victoria herself and about her people throughout the empire. The carved band depicts some of the significant creative people of the empire:
Writers, musicians, painters, sculptures, etc.
On the inner four corners carved in white marble, are representations
of the four major areas of enterprise: agriculture, engineering, commerce, and manufacturing.
It is used for all sorts of concerts and fundraisers. When it was first built, the acoustics weren't good and performers were challenged with echoes. Over the years, improvements have been made to solve the acoustical problems.