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Molly Cule
156449.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:24 am Reply with quote

Why is the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus pointing an arrow downwards?

It is a pun on Shaftesbury, who the statue was built for. The angel is aiming downwards to 'bury' the 'shaft' of the arrow into the ground. The angel is not Eros, the God of Love, neither is it a statue, its a fountain. It was named The Statue of Eros within days of its unveiling in 1983, the sculptor Sir Arthur Gilbert said his work represented 'the blindfolded love sending forth his missile of kindness', he meant Christian love but the naked cupid figure suggested otherwise.

Gilbert wanted the fountain to be a drinking fountain but the council wouldn't let him build it the larger size he wanted it to be. Gilbert claimed it traumatised the rest of his life.
s the london companion

 
eggshaped
156451.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:28 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Eros Day” is a new holiday honoring Eros, the Greco-Roman God of Sex, as well as EROS 488, the recently discovered, penis-shaped planetoid that comes closest to Earth..

Eros Day Passion celebrates love, lust and human sexuality in its fullest, most unabashed, most frankly erotic sense.


Sorry folks, we just missed it, it was on January 22nd

source

 
eggshaped
156454.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:30 am Reply with quote

Penis shaped?



DOCTOR!

 
Flash
156609.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:49 pm Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
It is a pun on Shaftesbury


Fred - didn't we decide that was a miff?

 
Frederick The Monk
156679.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:53 am Reply with quote

Yup - we had a bt of an agrument about the whole thing from the name of the statue to its position and posture.

We looked at it for Gen Ig on Series C - here.

St Michael (well that's what he calls himelf) then pointed out that I was an idiot here.

A long but quite interesting discussion ensued.

 
dr.bob
157546.  Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:22 am Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
The angel is not Eros, the God of Love, neither is it a statue, its a fountain. It was named The Statue of Eros within days of its unveiling in 1983


Surely it's been around a bit longer than that!

Molly Cule wrote:
the sculptor Sir Arthur Gilbert said his work represented 'the blindfolded love sending forth his missile of kindness', he meant Christian love but the naked cupid figure suggested otherwise.


Actually, as I mentioned in post 154239, Sir Arthur Gilbert had created the statue before he was commissioned to produce the memorial fountain and called it "Anteros". This was the mythical brother of Eros and represented "reflective and mature love, as opposed to Eros, the frivolous tyrant."

There was some disapproval at the time, mostly of the nudity of the statue, and so it was renamed "The Angel of Christian Charity" to help to calm down the outraged middle-classes of the time.

 

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