Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Photo: Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum

There's not many statues of the goddesses here in New West, but I've found at least one - Themis, one of the Titans and goddess of justice, who has been chilling on the south wall of the Law Courts on Carnarvon Street for the last thirty years. She was sculpted by Elek Imredy, a Budapest-born artist who's also responsible for the statue of Judge Begbie up the stairs at the Law Courts, and of Girl in a Wetsuit out in Stanley Park.

The plaque says that depictions of Themis in the Renaissance gave her a blindfold "as a mark of derision, implying an absence of judgement." Something I wasn't particularly aware of. Go, go instructional plaques!

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