We have been thinking about engineering statues: Below are five of the best structural and civil engineer statues we could find. Are there more great statues we should know about, in the UK and around the world? Are there others who deserve a statue but don’t yet have one? Let us know what you think!
Isambard Kingdom Brunel – London
There are a number of statues of Brunel, one of Britain’s most famous engineers and a giant of the industrial revolution. This bronze example was created by John Doubleday in 1982, sits between platforms 8 and 9 at Paddington Station,where he is commemorated as the Chief Engineer of the Great Western Railway.
As a civil and structural engineer Brunel created some of the greatest engineering landmarks in British history, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Maidenhead Railway Bridge and the Royal Albert Bridge.
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Joseph Strauss - San Francisco
Chiefly remembered as the structural engineer behind the Golden Gate Bridge, Strass revolutionised the design of Bascule Bridges and is credited with designing over 400 bridges in the United States, including Isleton Bridge, Johnson Street Bridge, and Chicago’s Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge.
This statue, standing overlooking the Golden gate Bridge, is by Frederick William Schweigardt.
(Image: wikimedia commons, Steven Pavlov)
Gustave Eiffel – Paris
This remarkable bust of Gustav Eiffel sits on the north pier of perhaps his most famous structure, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The work is by Antoine Bourdelle.
Eiffel, still widely regarded as France’s greatest engineer, was responsible for many more iconic and varied structures, including New York’s Statue of Liberty, Nice observatory, Garabit Viaduct and Long Bien Bridge in Vietnam.
After retiring Eiffel made significant contributions in the fields of aerodynamics and meteorology.
(Image: wikimedia commons, Mario Sanchez Prada)
Thomas Telford – Shropshire
Commemorated by an iron statue in the town of Telford, Shropshire, which was named in his honour, Telford was responsible for innovative, beautiful structures like Pontcsyllte Aqueduct (which Sir Walter Scott called a “work of art”), the Menai Suspension Bridge, Lothian Bridge and Bannockburn Bridge. He was also the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The statue was sculpted by Andre Wallace in 1987.
(Image: wikimedia commons, Row17)
James Henry Greathead – London
Renowned for his work on The London Underground as Chief Engineer of the City and South London Railway, James Henry Greathead is remembered by this striking statue near the Bank of England, erected in 1994 and designed by James Butler.
The plaque commemorates his work on the Barlow-Greathead Shield, which revolutionised tunnelling methods.
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