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Structuralist art analysis of Cibber’s battle plaques on Nelson’s Column

Four bronze plaques by Cibber, on the four sides Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, picture the four main battles of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Each plaque also expresses the standard, universal, subconscious structure of visual art, named mindprint (Furter 2014), as demonstrated below. The structure, unknown to artists and art historians, includes the standard set of twelve to sixteen archetypal features; in the standard peripheral sequence; with their eyes or focal features on an axial grid; and with limb joints or junctures at certain polar points.

Four bronze plaques by Cibber, on the four sides of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, picture the four main battles of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Each plaque also expresses the standard, universal, subconscious structure of visual art, named mindprint (Furter 2014), as demonstrated below. The structure, still unknown to artists and art historians, includes the standard set of twelve to sixteen archetypal features; in the standard peripheral sequence; with their eyes or focal features on an axial grid; and with limb joints at certain polar points.
Comparison of structuralist analyses of the four sculpted and cast plaques, reveal the same minimalist level of design complexity, with one or two compromises towards the conscious programme in each panel.

Conscious and archetypal characterisation are also minimalist here, indicating that the four works are elements of one installation. Any structuralist assessment (or assessment of structuralist art analysis against what they revel of these plaques), should thus include all four.

The inherent time-frame of the four panels differ, indicating separate design phases. Apparent variety in design, even in works focussed on the same person, in four similar situations, demonstrate how conscious preoccupations camouflage the identical spatial structure and optional core content in artworks worldwide.
Cibber made a maximal expression of archetypal structure in his other major public commission in London, the Great Fire Monument west plaque, themed on rebuilding. Any structuralist assessment of Cibber (or assessment of structuralist art analyses against what they reveal of Cibber), should thus include the Fire plaque (see a separate post on that artwork).

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Battle of Trafalgar plaque

Battle of Trafalgar plaque on Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square, London (Cibber. Typology and axial grid by ED Furter). Here Nelson is type 6 Exile or Capricornus (sacrifice). His empty admiral’s cap is type 1 Builder or Taurus, a structurally weak point, but still making subconscious sense. The typology is listed adjacent.

Type label; Character (archetypal features):
1 Builder or Taurus; Capt Hardy’s grip on Nelson’s hat.
2c Basket; Nelson’s hat (container), emblem of a clover?
3 Queen or Aries; Capt Hardy looking back (bent neck).
4 King or Pisces; Sailor A.
4p Gal.S.Pole; Sailor A’s mouth (limb joint).
5a Priest or Aquarius; Sailor B in top hat (varicoloured) carrying Nelson.
5b Priest or Aquarius; Musketeer. Same axis as 5a.
5c BasketTail; Black (varicoloured, of 5) musket loader.
6 Exile or Capricornus; Nelson dying (sacrifice), near the centre (ingress), bullet in the spine, symbolised by the cannonball dent in the mast (tree) above him.
7 Child or Sagittarius; Sailor kneeling to carry Nelson.
8 Healer or Scorpius; Officer crouching (bent forward).
10 Teacher or Libra; Sailor dead (arm V-posture).
11 Womb or Virgo; Cannoneer ’s midriff (womb).
11p Galactic Pole: Captain’s hip (limb joint).
13 Heart or Leo; Cannoneer’s chest (heart, weapon).
13c Basket Head; Cannon.
14 Mixer or Cancer; Cannoneer, nearer the axial centre (ingress).
15 Maker or Gemini; Sailor raising a sail (bag) by rope (rope) with another (doubled).
15g Galactic Gate; Captain’s loudhailer.

The ecliptic pole is unmarked as usual. The celestial pole is on Capt Hardy’s shoulder (limb-joint). The celestial south pole is on a kneeling sailor’s mouth. These markers are off the horizontal plane, but place summer in Taurus, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Aquarius, ahead of the era of the Age Pisces work, but consistent with London as a progressive city. Cibber’s other major public work is the Great Fire Monument plaque, expressing the usual conservative time-frame, but the conscious theme of rebirth and cosmic Ages. All five layers of structural expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.

Battle of St Vincent plaque

Battle of St Vincent plaque (Cibber. Typology and axial grid by ED Furter). No females are present, so the types 11 Womb or Virgo are on the ‘wombs’ of the men who also express type 13 Heart or Leo’s heart. The typology is listed adjacent.

Type label; Character (archetypal features):
2 Builder or Taurus; Admiral Nelson.
2c Basket; sail cover (container, weave).
3 Queen or Aries; Sailor A, looking up (long neck).
4 King Pisces; Soldier with two swords (twins), also expressing type 5a Priest or Aquarius (varicoloured, hyperactive).
4p Gal.S.Pole; Nelson’s elbow (limb joint).
5c Basket Tail; Rope coil.
6 Exile or Capricornus; Sailor B holding a spar (tree).
7 Child or Sagittarius; Sailor B’s hand on a sail (bag).
7g Galactic Centre: Bloodied sail on a spar (juncture).
9 Healer or Scorpius; Sailor wounded by a spar.
10 Teacher or Libra; Doctor (arm V-posture).
11 Womb or Virgo; Noble’s midriff (womb).
11p Galactic Pole: Noble’s shoulder (limb joint).
12 Heart or Leo; Noble’s chest (heart), presenting a sword (weapon).
13c Basket Head; Sailor with a hook?
14 Mixer or Cancer; Sailor top left, far from the centre (egress).
15 Maker or Gemini; Captain (order) conferring with an officer (doubled).

The ecliptic pole is on Nelson’s hip (limb joint). The celestial pole is on the noble’s jaw (limb joint 50%). The celestial south pole is on Nelson’s hand (limb joint). The horizontal plane confirms summer in Leo-Cancer, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus-Aries. All five layers of structural expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.

Battle of Copenhagen plaque

Battle of Copenhagen plaque (Cibber. Typology and axial grid by ED Furter). Here Nelson expresses only polar types; his arm stump and left elbow as 11p and 4p ‘galactic poles’, his heart and hip as ‘celestial poles’. Type 7 as a pulley lacks an eye, but still holds a rope. The typology is listed adjacent.

Type label; Character (archetypal features):
1,2 Builder or Taurus; Sailor A. And Sailor B behind.
3 Queen or Aries; Captain, reading map and holding a flag.
4 King or Pisces; Officer reading map (twins).
4p Gal.S.Pole; Nelson’s elbow (limb joint).
5a Priest or Aquarius; Sailor holding a wounded boy (inversion of 12).
5c Basket Tail; Map and hourglass.
6 Exile or Capricornus; Wounded boy (sacrifice, small).
7 Child or Sagittarius; Cannon’s pulley (unfolding, rope). NO EYE.
7g Galactic Centre: Five feet (path).
9 Healer or Scorpius; Wounded sailor.
10 Teacher or Libra; Doctor (arm V-posture).
11 Womb or Virgo; Officer’s belly (womb).
11p Galactic Pole: Nelson’s arm stump (limb joint).
12 Heart or Leo; Officer’s chest (heart).
13c Basket Head; Copenhagen buildings.
14 Mixer or Cancer; Nelson’s shoulder ? NO EYE.
15 Maker or Gemini; Sailor brother (doubled), his brother with a rope (rope).
15g Gate; Nelson, and a noble behind him (usually no character).

The ecliptic pole is on Nelson’s missing hand (limb joint). The celestial pole is on Nelson’s chest (more typical of 12/13 Heart or Leo, but his eye is not characterised). The celestial south pole is on Nelson’s hip (limb joint). The vertical plane confirms summer in Gemini-Taurus, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Pisces-Aquarius, ahead of the work by about 200 years, but typical of London’s progressive spirit since the Great Fire of 1666. All five layers of structural expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.

Battle of the Nile plaque

Battle of the Nile plaque (Cibber. Typology and axial grid by ED Furter). Here Nelson’s eye is type 14 Mixer, and his heart is type 13 Heart. A youth is the ‘womb’ of the future. The typology is listed adjacent.

Type label; Character (archetypal features):
2 Builder or Taurus; Sailor A leaning over (twisted).
3 Queen or Aries; Captain, looking back (bent neck).
4 King or Pisces; Sailor D, carrying a casualty down stairs (squatting) with sailor C (twins).
4p Gal.S.Pole; Sailor C’s neck (limb joint, rarely a neck).
5b Priest or Aquarius; Casualty (horizontal).
6 Exile or Capricornus; Sailor C’s chest, EYE OFF GRID.
7 Child or Sagittarius; Sailor E.
7g Galactic Centre: (water 15%, gate, juncture).
9 Healer or Scorpius; Sailor F, wounded (bent forward), tended by a boy (typical of 7).
10 Teacher or Libra; Boy medic (arms up).
11 Womb or Virgo; Sailor G’s midriff (womb). And eye.
11p Galactic Pole: Nelson’s missing hand (limb joint 68%).
13 Heaert or Leo; Nelson’s chest (heart).
14 Mixer or Cancer; Nelson, near the axial centre (ingress).
15 Maker or Gemini; Sailor carrying Nelson.

The ecliptic pole is on the captain’s shoulder (limb joint). The celestial poles are uncertain, The horizontal plane indicates summer in Cancer, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Aries /Pisces /Aquarius, confirmed by the top central position of type 3 Queen or Aries as the captain. All five layers of structural expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.

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Many pillars on London’s axis 9, 9B, 9c

Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square expresses one of the type 9 Healer (typical of pillars) sites in London (see the map and some extracts from Stonepint Journal 4, on http://www.stoneprintjournal.wordpress.com and on http://www.stoneprintjournal.blog).

On a larger scale, the mindprint structure is expressed in London, as in all cities and building sites, where it is named stoneprint (Furter 2016). Nelson’s column is the main expression of type 9 Healer or Scorpius in London. The currently known features of type 9 Healer or Scorpius, some with known average percentages of recurrence in samples of about 50 or more artworks or building sites, are: pillar 50%, bent forward 30%, healer 11%, strength 9%, ritual, lamp.
Nelson’s column expresses two of these features (pillar, strength). The admiral and national hero had led his last naval battle off Cape Trafalgar in the English Channel in 1805 on 21 October, beating France and Spain combined under Napoleon. Here he was shot by a sniper on his ship Victory, in the spinal cord (bent forward). He had lost and arm and an eye in earlier battles. His statue of 17ft, on a pillar of 185ft, was erected in 1829. The pillar’s shadow geometry is based on the Great Pyramid (see also the Great Fire Monument, Stoneprint Journal 4, p24.). The pillar base has four reliefs of victories; Nile, Copenhagen, Cape St Vincent, Trafalgar. Four bronze lions (strength, see trump 8, virtue over monster jaws) were added on the corners in 1868.
Among the other features on London’s axis 9 Healer or Scorpius, are the Royal College of Physicians (healing); and the Queen Eleanor Cross site at Trafalgar Square south, of marble (pillar), a former survey zero point (incidentally on the same latitude as the London stoneprint axial centre across the river). One of twelve pillars on her body’s route from Lincoln, by Edward1. It was moved to Charing Cross, removed by the Republic, but replaced by a Charles1 statue. A replica stands at Charing Cross station.
Among the features on London’s adjacent axis 9 Healer ScorpiusB, are Trafalgar Square north-west corner, the empty plinth (pillar) for the Duke of York (William4), since 1999 bearing alternating statues. In 2018 it carried ‘Heroic Woman’, with short arms and legs, sitting flat (bent forward). In the north-east corner stands a George4 statue (intended for axis 12 Marble Arch in 1847). On this axis are also the National Gallery south side; Royal Institution former site; Museum of Mankind (strength feats); and Faraday Museum, Albermarle Str, to a pioneer of electricity (lamp), and a former Royal Society site. Ten elements were discovered here by electricity (strength).
Between axis 9 Healer or Scorpius and axis 10 Teacher or Libra, lies a wedge named 9c Basket Lid, known for recurrent themes of revelation 15%, law enforcement 9%, disc /wheel /crown, or snake. This wedge usually contains some additional expressions of type 9 or 10. Here lies Cleopatra’s Needle (type 9, pillar), linked in legend to a suicide by snakebite (snake), raised here in 1878 on Sep 13 over a time capsule (lid, revelation). Sphinxes (strength) were added later. The 9c Basket Lid wedge also contains the London Coliseum theatre (9 strength feats, pillars. See Rome 9 Coliseum, canvas texture, on the cover); London Palladium (pillar), named after a protective stone (healer); Royal Institute of British Architects (9 pillar), with interior columns of black marble (9 pillar); Hanover Square St George church Corinthian portico (9 pillar); St Martin in the Fields Corinthian portico (9 pillar); and Ripley’s Believe it or Not curiosities (revelation).

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By Edmond Furter

Edmond Furter wrote the book Mindprint, the subconscious art code (2014, Lulu.com), to demonstrate five layers of recurrent features in 200 artworks of all cultures and Ages, revealing the archetypal core content of culture. His second book, Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (2016, Four Equators Media), expands demonstrations of the subconscious expression of archetypal structure to houses, temples, monuments, pyramid fields, geoglyphs, villages, cities and regions. The same structure also appears in mythology, such as Babylonian building rituals; and in reflexology points in our hands and irises, thus in nature. Stoneprint also demonstrates that the periodic table is a kind of natural 'culture', and that culture is a natural 'species' of behaviour. The structure in our works is as rigorous as grammar or DNA.
The books Mindprint, and Stoneprint, and editions of the structuralist anthropology periodical, Stoneprint Journal (some of which are available on Lulu.com), draw on extensive research in iconography, archaeology, history, esoterica, astronomy, art history and structuralist anthropology, spanning 26 years.
The core content of culture includes about 100 recurrent features of the sixteen main types, their sequence, five polar markers, and a time-frame orientation, that nature, individuals and societies subconsciously and compulsively express in all media. The mindprint or stoneprint model of structuralist anthropology has several major implications for all the human sciences, and offers a theoretical bases for a holistic approach to the study of the cultural record. Edmond Furter works as a freelance researcher and editor in Johannesburg.
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