Lady Strangford Monument
City of Hisarya, small park area opposite to 54 “Ivan Vazov” Boulevard, 1997
Lady Strangford is an English noblewoman and philanthropist who, after the events of the April Uprising and the Liberation, carried out a number of charitable activities to help the distressed and suffering population in Bulgaria, including in the area of the city of Hisarya.
The monument was commissioned by a donor and, after the approval of the city administration, was created by Viktor Todorov. A park space, near the railway station in the city of Hisarya, was chosen as the location.
The relief portrait in profile sits on top of a roughly cast cement plinth with a geometric shape. A commemorative plaque bearing Lady Strangford’s name was erected and part of Ivan Vazov’s poem praising her work was added. Several stone blocks of different sizes are placed in the foreground.
The choice of profile solution in the relief image of Lady Strangford is significant. It clears the message of the monument – it simultaneously stylizes it and shows the appreciation for the work of the historical figure by sealing the image jewelry like, in the tradition of orders and medals decoration.
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