Detail from the Statue of Hercules at Chirk Castle:

This lead statue of Hercules was commissioned in the 1720’s by Robert Myddelton, and stood outside the main entrance to the Castle with a companion figure of Mars. In June 1770 it was removed to an outlying wood in the park, whence it was rescued in 1983 by means of an R.A.F. helicopter. The severely damaged statue, has been restored by the National Trust. Inscribed in Latin on the plinth is a heroic couplet recording the statue’s flight and eventual repose.

You can see him in his full glory in a previous post of mine.

20 Comments CherryPie on Aug 16th 2013

20 Responses to “52 Photos Project – Gallery 17 – Unusual & Uncommon”

  1. Sean Jeating says:

    Ahem. :)
    I do feel reminded of a teenager joke in the past millennium.
    – I bet together we have five ball.
    – Oh, so you do have just one?

  2. Claude says:

    I would have missed it totally without Sean’s comment. :-)

  3. Hercules? You sure? Could be any one of several angry women I have met…

    • CherryPie says:

      Well… First we have evaluate whether the ‘but cheeks’ belong to a male or female…

      After establishing that, we need to work out exaclty what is going on with those balls…

  4. Bing says:

    that’s one funny joke by Sean. i wonder, too, why there are three balls in Hercules’ hand… maybe Andrew’s right. :D

  5. Lisl says:

    I can’t add to these clever comments, but am really pleased to see this picture, Cherie – it is delightful!

  6. ubermouth says:

    Truly beautiful!