London, England - Eros Statue Picadilly Circus

EC1500. Officially: Shaftesbury Monument Built: 1893 Designed by: Sir Alfred Gilbert Type: Monument Location: Piccadilly Circus Sometimes it's hard to convince people of the truth. Try telling a New Yorker that the "Statue of Liberty" is really called "Liberty Enlightening The World" and you'll understand the difficulty involved in telling people this isn't Eros the pagan god of love. In reality, the archer atop this bronze fountain is an archer symbolizing the virtue charity. Appropriate enough, since it is dedicated to Lord Shaftesbury, for whom affordable housing was a pet cause. But Londoners have adopted it as a symbolic link to their pre-Roman Druidian past and keep calling it Eros. 1994 - A drunken tourist climbs up the fountain, damaging the statue. Please don't climb the art.

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 25 August, 2007.

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