Finally, one just has to shut up, sit down, and write.

Holy Giant Desk, Batman.

Mancusi fireItalian sculptor Giancarlo Neri constructed this monument called The Writer, a 30-foot structure that overlooks Parliament Fields in Hampstead Heath. In a time when writing involves word processors, online critique groups and other technology that separates the writer from the page, this monument reminds us that writing is a solitary process and not a communal one (that is, until the story is finished, at least). You don’t need a computer or an AlphaSmart or a critique group. But you do need to sit your dupa in a chair and get the story out of your head.

I think it also depicts how a writer’s nature is to see the big picture — to stand outside of society and observe it in order to be able to write about it. Read more about this monument at Augustine’s Blog. See more photos at the Rollo Contemporary Art web site.

Photo credit: Natalie d’Arbeloff

Quote: Natalie Goldberg