Saturday, 23 July 2011

The History of Eros Statue at Piccadilly Circus

Eros Statute at Piccadilly Circus

Over the years, many people have stood in the middle of Piccadilly Circus in front of the Eros Statute and Fountain having their picture taken.  Here are a few facts for the photo album…..
It's nearly always referred to as Eros but was in fact meant to be Anteros. In Greek mythology Anteros was the god of requited Love, love returned or counter love. In some cases, he is also known as to punish those who would scorn love, the advances of others in love and the avenger of unrequited love. Eros in Greek mythology was the primordial god of sexual love and beauty, and Anteros was given to his brother Eros who was lonely and was the child of Ares and Aphrodite.
Unveiled in 1893 it was the work of Alfred Gilbert RA RA and a memorial to the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury for his philanthropic works.
The fountain is made of Bronze, but Eros is made of Aluminium a use of the material in construction that was rare/new for its day.
Eros was originally placed in the centre of the junction with his bow pointing up Shaftesbury Ave but was moved to the south-western side after work was carried out on the square. He now aims his arrow down  Regent Street.