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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rising from a flame

This phoenix is onthe south face of St Paul's Cathedral. While Wren was building the cathedral, he used the stone from the old St Paul's and inscribed on one of them was the Latin you see here - "Resurgum" - "I Shall Rise Again" which was the inspiration behind this. I find the layers of meaning, with this church rising from the old one destroyed in the Fire of London and the theist vision somewhat warming. Oh, and as an aside, the Latin name was used for one of the early Victorian experimental submarines. I like that, too.

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