Albert Memorial, Where Arts and Science Meets.
Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert commissioned The Albert Memorial in 1872 in Kensington Gardens, London, close to Royal Albert Hall. The memorial was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic style. The memorial consists of an ornate canopy or pavilion, in the style of a Gothic ciborium over the high altar of a church, containing a statue of the prince facing south. The memorial is 176 feet tall at current cost of about £10,000,000. The central part of the memorial is surrounded by the elaborate sculptural Frieze of Parnassus that portrays 169 individual composers, architects, poets, painters, and sculptors. Musicians and poets were placed on the south side, with painters on the east side, sculptors on the west side, and architects on the north side.
On the south and east side, Henry Hugh Armstead carved the figures while John Birnie Philip carved the figures on the west and north side, the sculptors and architects, and arranged them in chronological order. The pillars and niches of the canopy feature eight statues representing the practical arts and sciences: Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Geometry and Rhetoric, Medicine, Philosophy and Physiology. It is a wonder to see how every of knowledge meet here, in Albert Memorial.