Monday, July 24, 2006

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

This is the new monument that was erected this year to celebrate the birthday of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Born in Portsmouth on 9th April 1806, he went on to build several notable things: The Great Western Railway, a series of famous steamships and numerous bridges. You can read all about Isambards inventions and the things he built on his wikipedia page.

The monument is quite a lavish affair with gold text and an interesting design reflecting the early days of steam below. Unfortunately theres some problem with the statue that was to go on top, either it wasn't ready or some other such misfortune so the monument stands waiting for the arrival of the great man himself.

View Satellite image of the location of the monument.
Its in the small circle of trees with sand in the middle.


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