Everyone laughs at this funny little statue of Mel Gibson, sorry, William Wallace, at the foot of the Wallace Monument, Stirling. Even the Americans. It is a very silly statue, not just because Wallace has been given Gibson’s face. He’s pulling a funny expression, has ‘braveheart’ on his shield and someone’s head at his feet.
This is all a very great shame because the Victorians clearly knew how to build a monument. Stirling’s William Wallace Monument is far more impressive than its castle. It truly captures the essence of Scotland’s national pride. Not only does it attempt to exhaust the visitor with 246 steep and narrow steps to a humbling view of the country, it educates on the way up. So we learn about William Wallace, of course, but also of a great many more Scottish heroes and of all that the world has to thank Scotland for.
This posted via mobile via Flickr and so not so closely proofread. Click the pic to see it large (there’s an ‘all-sizes’ tab for really large).