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I didn’t know this place existed till I went looking for this gorilla. Temple Church is located off Victoria Street in the centre of Bristol. It is named for the Knights Templar, who founded the original oval plan church on this site together with Robert of Gloucester in the 12th Century. The site today is occupied by the bombed out remains of the 15th Century church that was built on the same site.

Tensor, Penrose Gorilla, Temple Gardens, Bristol, Wow Gorillas

A Wiki note has this to say about the tower which leans alarmingly.

The tower, which rises to 114 feet (35 m), was built in two parts, the first in 1390. Construction was halted when the tower started to lean to the west, but by 1460 the city was satisfied that the tower was stable and the final section, including a belfry was added. The lean is popularly attributed to the foundations of the tower being built on top of wool-sacks but is most likely due to the soft alluvial clay underneath being compressed.

Tensor, Penrose Gorilla, Temple Gardens, Bristol, Wow Gorillas, Archway and Gates

The archway and wrought iron gates date to the 19th Century and are made of Portland stone.

Tensor, Penrose Gorilla, Temple Gardens, Bristol, Wow Gorillas

It is a peaceful inner city garden to rest and meditate in and a strange place to find this very modern gorilla.

Tensor, Penrose Gorilla, Temple Gardens, Bristol, Wow Gorillas

He is painted with a design inspired by Penrose graphical tensor notation symbols – a visual language for expressing complex mathematical expressions. Not something I covered at school, but if you have a mathematician in the family it may look very familiar.

Here is Roger Penrose talking about mathematics and imagination.

and here is a page full of those symbols from Wikipedia

I wonder what the Knights Templar would have made of it all… on the other hand the Babylonians probably used something similar?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C Clarke

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