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Eros Statue

Official name: Shaftesbury Monument
Built: 1893
Designed by: Sir Alfred Gilbert
Type: Monument
Location: Piccadilly Circus, London, United Kingdom
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S ometimes 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 scales the fountain, damaging the statue. Please don't climb the art.

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David Willer
Monday, March 7th, 2011 @ 7:39am
Rating: Five stars.
Julie my great grandfather was also Thomas reynolds the man who made eros in Sheperds bush london i have a news paper article about him about how it was made, and a ashtray he made.

Mark Storm
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 @ 5:19pm
There must be at least 3 "Eros"-es then... [Yes, I know it's not supposed to be Eros... but does anyone really call it by its proper name?!) According to Wikipedia: <quote> The Eros Fountain. The fountain, made from bronze and aluminium, was unveiled in 1932 and is a replica of a memorial to Lord Shaftesbury created by Sir Alfred Gilbert in London's Piccadilly Circus. It was restored in 2008 with a new aluminium Eros statue replacing the original which now resides in Liverpool's Conservation Centre.<unquote>So... two replicas!

Mick
Sunday, February 28th, 2010 @ 2:28pm
Rating: Five stars.
The last time I looked at this statue it was covered in sheets of timber to keep idiots from climbing all over it. i'm really pleased to see it again after so many years.

Karl
Monday, October 6th, 2008 @ 11:09am
Rating: Five stars.
Hmmm I actually proposed to my wife under the statue of Eros in London at the stroke of midnight....I was told by the locals that that was the tradition for good luck and happiness in a marrage.

Julie Davis-Hall
Friday, November 16th, 2007 @ 2:46pm
Rating: Five stars.
My Great Grandfather was the head man and moulder of the statue. I am trying to find info on Thomas Edward Reynolds...maybe Barbera has some ideas...the two men would have known each other well.

Jazz
Saturday, February 18th, 2006 @ 10:46am
Rating: Five stars.
All i can say is wow! it looks amazing. i met my husband there, it was sooo romantic, and we have been unseperable since. i hope if you get to go there Eros will bring you the same luck as he has me.

John Tracey
Monday, January 23rd, 2006 @ 1:31pm
Rating: Five stars.
More than just a statue it is a meeting place, an oportunity to sit down and soak up the fact that you are actually sitting in the centre of London gazing at 2 of the most walked upon areas in the city: Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. A stones throw away from many theatres it is one place I have stopped, looked and listened on each and every one of my 20 trips to London in the past 17 consecutive years. Cheers from a Canuk who will continue my annual visits until I die.


Monday, October 31st, 2005 @ 8:49am
Rating: Four stars.
We xent to to London with our school in October. We 've done an eveningwalk and our terminal point was eros, it's a beautiful statue!!

Mal Walker
Sunday, March 13th, 2005 @ 1:48am
Rating: Five stars.
A lovely statue that is unique in the world. (funnily enough there is an exact life-size replica of 'Eros' in the Adelaide Museum of South Australia)

lizzie
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005 @ 11:54am
Rating: Five stars.
Hello. I dont know if anyone will respond now (particularly Barbara?) but I am doing research into modern representations of eros/cupid. Does anyone know any details of WHY this figure was chosen in particular-because even though it was not intended to be cupid, it does bare striking similarities (the wings, the bow and arrow). there is obviously a chain of thought associated with cupid in the creation of this figure. Thanks. Lizzie

Barbara J. A.
Monday, December 13th, 2004 @ 10:31am
Rating: Five stars.
Of course I would rate this a 5* +. My Great, Great, Great Uncle Sir Alfred Gilbert created this statue. Not only is it not the Pagan God Eros, It also is not facing the direction Sir Alfred wanted. I am in search of a replica of this statue. Anyone know where I may find one?

Atticus J.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 @ 7:19pm
Rating: Five stars.
I went to London in July of 2004. I visited Piccadilly Circus on a few times. I think it's a great statue. And I, and the group I was with, saw some people in their 50's making out by the statue. Good times for them.

Dave
Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 @ 5:39pm
Rating: Three stars.
From my stay in England (1957 through 1960) I seem to remember that some locals were intent on scaling the statue on New Years Eve after having several alcoholic beverage.


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