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Engineer statues on top of the pillars

Engineer statues on top of the pillars

Dark Nebula

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Posted Feb-14-2018 7:53 AM

Some of the statues on top of the pillars surrounding the plaza look very familiar.

The smashed one that has been discussed on the forums before:

On the top of the pillar:

The other one to the left:

Augustus of Prima Porta:

 

 

"Human heaven? Goodness, humans don't go to heaven.

Someone just made that up to prevent you from all going nuts."

- Kryten, Red Dwarf S3E06 "The Last Day"

7 Responses to Engineer statues on top of the pillars

BigDave

Feb-14-2018 8:21 AM

Indeed these are interesting, it appears each one could maybe depict a different Engineer.

Why my theory is that Planet 4 Plaza was a place that these Engineers have a selected Chosen Few who represent the Perfection of their Species... these are Chosen for Sacrifice, so there DNA can Seed/Evolve Worlds.

This Ritual is of a Great Importance and Honor for them, they get to be IMMORTALIZED in their DNA passing onto New Worlds and also then get a Statue Erected in their Honor/Memory

I propose the Juggernauts are just a Evolution to the Seeding Ritual, where they now Sacrifice the Engineers to then collect the DNA into the Urns and use the Juggernauts to Seed Worlds from the Air, as opposed to dropping off a lone Engineer.

Seeding Worlds via Juggernauts, and using maybe a few or more Engineers DNA would give more coverage and greater diversity of DNA.

This is why i feel those Engineers were not in FEAR of the returning Ship, because this signals a great time for their kind in the hope that more will be Chosen.

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017

Dark Nebula

Feb-15-2018 8:05 AM

Yep, the Elders choose someone perfect for sacrifice, then send a ship and crew off to the far reaches to seed a perfect world, then the crew of that ship is celebrated upon their return, as Ridley said in commentary of AC that there was a welcoming process occurring as 2 million Engineers gathered at the plaza welcoming the ship's arrival. 

I can only imagine some Engineer waking up every morning at 5 am to do push-ups an jogging around the city, then going to the gym like crazy. And after many years of training, an Elder walks up to him, places the arm on his shoulder and says "Heroic son, you have been selected for great sacrifice that will start a new life!"

And that Engineer thinks to himself; "So I exercised many bloody years for this? Well, I better be greeted by virgins when I arrive in heaven. And build me a very nice statue of myself."

Early concept art for David's lab had the skinned engineer positioned as Augustus of Prima Porta, and he was placed in the middle of the table.

Other concept art with statues on pillars

"Human heaven? Goodness, humans don't go to heaven.

Someone just made that up to prevent you from all going nuts."

- Kryten, Red Dwarf S3E06 "The Last Day"

Ingeniero

Feb-15-2018 8:24 AM

Great catch Dark Nebula.

The statues comparison is phenomenal. The statue with the arms down is similar to the statue of Tiberius, below.

I went back over shots I had already enhanced and it's tough to get a good focus on the statues due to obscurity from darkness, distance, etc...see below.

Wayne Haag Alien: Concept Art

The statues are very far off in the above shot but I had to include it to show how (concept) the larger ship seemed to rise out of the middle of the plaza where the juggernauts were stored.

That is a great theory BigDave. Each statue could represent a sacrificial Engineer. That would fit with the immortalizing a Caesar with a statue in concept but with each statue representing a world opposed to a reign.

I see the sacrificial Engineers in the same way and yes, those on Planet 4, were very welcoming to the juggernaut operated by David. 

Dark Nebula

Feb-16-2018 6:16 PM

@Ingeniero Thank you for the images, that statue does resemble the statue of Tiberius.

"Human heaven? Goodness, humans don't go to heaven.

Someone just made that up to prevent you from all going nuts."

- Kryten, Red Dwarf S3E06 "The Last Day"

dk

Feb-16-2018 6:30 PM

Great insights everyone! It makes me wonder if the Engineers were more involved in humans' history than just maybe seeding their planet. It could give strength to the idea that an Engineer was crucified by people and was why the Engineers got bent towards us.

Dark Nebula

Feb-21-2018 5:43 PM

The Engineers did come to earth to check on their creations and update them, that's why the Engineer city on planet 4 is Roman/Greekesque with lots of statues and temples. The theory that Jesus was an Engineer was a part of Jon Spaiht's draft for Prometheus but Ridley thought it was too much under the nose so they moved away from it thankfully.

"Human heaven? Goodness, humans don't go to heaven.

Someone just made that up to prevent you from all going nuts."

- Kryten, Red Dwarf S3E06 "The Last Day"

Dark Nebula

Feb-21-2018 5:53 PM

The design for the engineers was also inspired by Greek statues.

"Human heaven? Goodness, humans don't go to heaven.

Someone just made that up to prevent you from all going nuts."

- Kryten, Red Dwarf S3E06 "The Last Day"

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