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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.
Revolutionaries often used the statue’s plinth for an orator’s platform, and crowds gathered here; photographs of that time show the square teeming with people.
For the past 75 years, a hulking bust of Napoleon has rested on a plinth in the Borough Hall of Madison, New Jersey.
With many college administrators seemingly seeking an empty plinth for one of those Robert E. Lee statues coming down elsewhere, civil lawsuits may save free speech from becoming a lost cause.
The bronze plinth, erected in 1924, valorized a young soldier in the Southern army.
Greek statuary was mounted on plinths, ditto Egyptian gods, and flanking it all on one wall were the arches of the Roman Forum.
At the time of its erection, the statue seems to have cost about $5,000, but that included its granite plinth.
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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.
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