Devoted to the unexpected details that help to make life in the city worth living
Monday, 13 February 2012
Bank of England, Threadneedle Street EC2
The new Bank's main portico has a rusticated base with a big entrance arch that makes no sense because it opens onto the roof of Soane's old building.
On either side of the arch are six statues by Charles Wheeler, conventionally referred to as caryatids (female) and telemones (male), but they aren't really because caryatids and telemones have to support parts of a building on their heads and these don't. They are more like buttresses really.
The male figures represent custodianship, according to Herbert Baker's diaries. They carry chains, keys or banners.
Pictures will be posted over the next days, starting from the left.
The first carries a bunch of keys in his hands as well as hanging on his belt. A pair of padlocks are visible behind his head.