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Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling


Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling

After leaving Ireland for England whilst still a teenager, Oscar never returned, losing his Irish accent throughout his life. Perhaps a more appropriate place would in fact be Paris, which always gave him refuge when he had to flee from the British authorities.

Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling posted 2008-05-22 by Jonny from Manchester


Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling

I looked up this statue online because of something that happened just this last weekend while my boyfriend and I visited London. While walking, we came upon this memorial, sat down, and also took a picture of the quote enscribed. While doing so, a man walking past asked with a disgusted tone in his voice, "Do you know what that is?"... I did not know how to respond; of course I know who Oscar Wilde was, but I had no idea why what we were doing provoked a comment like that. I began to wonder if it was in fact some sort of tomb (because of its shape) that we were disrespecting, but I thought surely his body was not there on a London sidewalk! Although I still don't know how we offended the passing man, I am glad to know that it is meant to be sat upon!

Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling posted 2008-05-21 by Rebecca from Madrid


Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling is a genius, cut from the same cloth as Wilde--who would have loved this public art intervention.

Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling posted 2007-07-16 by Pygar Seungmo from Paris


Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling

This statue is dreadul and doesn't do him justice at all. This is a man who campaigned for aestheticism and this statue has no beauty. His Dublin statue is literally head and shoulders above it. Towards the end of his life he commented (to paraphrase) 'I don't think I shall be seeing another century. The English wouldn't stand for it'. Put that on your sarcophagus and smoke it.

Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling posted 2006-08-05 by R Robinson from Oxford


Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling

How can a stautue of an Irishman be an Icon of England

Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling posted 2006-01-27 by Keith Beveridge from East Kilbride


Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling

Oscar Wilde's was a great man an author and playwrite unequalled to this day - but he isn't English. Move to 'Irish' icons.

Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling posted 2006-01-27 by Charlie from sydney


Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling

It's an excellent thing that it is the only one!!

Comment on Oscar Wilde Statue by Maggi Hambling posted 2006-01-12 by Mrs R A London from Norfolk