Man arrested who damaged Eric Gill’s statue at BBC headquarters

A man has been arrested after allegedly hammering a controversial statue outside the BBC headquarters in London. Police were called at 04:15 BST on Saturday to report that a man had climbed onto scaffolding outside Broadcasting House and was damaging Eric Gill’s Prospero and Ariel. Man arrested who damaged Eric Gill’s statue in London.

There have been calls for it to be removed because the sculptor recorded abusing his daughters in his diaries. It is the second time that work from the 1930s has been attacked. The man was lowered from the scaffolding shortly after 18:00 BST.

The Metropolitan Police said he had been arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief and outfitting and that he would be taken into police custody. It comes after a protester hit the statue with a hammer in January last year. Repair work for the damage caused during that incident continues.


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Man arrested who damaged Eric Gill’s statue

Throughout Saturday, a man could be seen on the scaffolding wearing a Spider-Man mask and intermittently yelling at officers on the ground. Footage also surfaced to show him hitting the statue with a hammer and chisel.

A cordon was placed and police initially said it was not possible “to detain the man safely given the circumstances of the incident, including the height.” They added that specialized personnel came to the place.

Born in 1882, Gill became an influential artist whose work included several large sculptures for buildings in central London, including Westminster Cathedral and the original headquarters of the London Underground. He was also the designer of Gill Sans, a widely used British typeface.


Gill died in 1940, but a biography was published in 1989 detailing diary entries in which he described sexual abuse of his two eldest daughters, an incestuous relationship with his sister, and sexual acts with the dog. of the.

The statue outside Broadcasting House, installed in 1933, features the characters Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Ariel, a jet of air, is depicted as a naked young man.Read More……

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