39: Eros statue at Picadilly Circus

Eros StatueThe winged archer on top of the memorial fountain at Piccadilly Circus is known everywhere as Eros, despite the fact that he is actually Anteros, the brother. The memorial was dedicated to Lord Shaftesbury, a devout and serious Christian, so the portrayal of a naked god of love, selfless or otherwise, was considered by many to be in bad taste. The statue was the first in the world to be cast in aluminium at a time when the metal was not yet produced in commercial quantities and was more expensive than silver.


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