Eros in a Snow Globe, Piccadily Circus, London
It’s that time of year again. Christmas is fast approaching and Piccadily Circus gets dressed up for the Christmas Celebrations. The colourful bright lights of the advertising neon lights, and the illuminated Reindeer Antlers lining Regent Street draws thousands of visitors to London every year.
I was in London for the day and as i walked from Leicester Square up to Piccadily I became aware of a big glass like globe surrounding Eros. At first I thought that he was undergoing some repair work but as I drew nearer I realised that he was surrounded by a giant Snow Globe.
It is the time of year when the local authority has to think about protecting Eros from drunken revelers to the Capital. In the past people have managed to climb up to the statue, which is made of aluminium and is set on a bronze fountain, and damage it, even one year breaking off his bow.
Sandbags protected Eros from the German bombers during the 2nd world war. A bird cage protected him from the throngs of people celebrating the Queens Coronation in 1953 and this year he has been enclosed in what is known as a Snow Globe. The globe is made of PVC and is meant to blow snow around creating a seasonal wintery feeling but it wasn’t working the day i was there 🙁
Really it is not Eros but his brother Anteros who is the “God of Selfless Love ” You can read more about the history of the Eros Statue Here
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I am glad you got to see the snow globe in Piccadilly Circus before it got blown away by very strong wind a few days later!
I just read about that yesterday. Just my luck to have been there before it happened seems to be my travel story… was in Iran just before the revolution while the Shah was ruling, in Afghanistan just before the Russians invaded, and now London before the Snowglobe got blown away !!!!!