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In the 19th century, three of the plinths were crowned with statues of kings and military leaders, but the fourth was not filled.
The rumbustious suffragettes are relegated to small etchings on the new statue’s plinth, a marginalisation that hints at lingering unease with their methods.
In the late 1990s, the British government decided to feature contemporary art installations on the vacant plinth.
On a plinth, its smell safely neutralized behind acrylic and glass, the fatberg begins to resemble an accidental Whiteread — short on poetry, perhaps, but equally powerful.
In a park in Budapest, Hungary, a grand stairway leads up to a kind of altar, atop which is a brick plinth.
Three of her life-size headless figures on plinths, sited on smaller lawns around the park, will play off just such a woman in repose.
The dresses are arranged on mannequins that stand on color-coordinating hexagonal plinths.
Whether at City Park, Jefferson Davis Boulevard or Lee Circle, the stone plinths that once housed monuments of Confederate icons now lift up only empty sky.
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plinth and Architecture
"These ivy-clad arcades — / These mouldering plinths ... are they all — / All of the famed, and the colossal left…?" In these lines from "The Coliseum," Edgar Allan Poe alludes to a practical feature of classical architecture. The plinth serves the important purpose of raising the base of the column it supports above the ground, thus protecting it from dampness and mold. The humble plinth is usually a mere thick block. It's humbly named, too, for the Greek word plinthos means simply "tile" or "brick." English writers have used plinth, a shortened version of the Latin form plinthus, since the mid-16th century. The word's meaning was later extended to bases for statues, vases, or busts.
PLINTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plinth for English Language Learners
: a block of stone or wood that is used as the base for a pillar, statue, etc.
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