Everyone knows that the statue in Piccadilly Circus is the statue of Eros – mostly that’s because it’s the name to which it’s commonly referred.
Well, the truth is that it’s not a depiction of Eros, but Anteros, his twin brother. Londonist explains why our confusion over the name,
Gilbert [the sculptor] spent a long time considering how to celebrate the life of Shaftesbury, a philanthropist and social reformer. Lord Shaftesbury campaigned against many injustices, such as child labour conditions, limiting child employment in factories and mines.
For five years Gilbert considered various ideas to celebrate the charitable life of the Earl. He eventually decided on a fountain, topped with the winged figure of Anteros, the ancient Greek symbol of Selfless Love.
Gilbert described Anteros as portraying “reflective and mature love, as opposed to Eros or Cupid, the frivolous tyrant.”
But the English, with our unhelpfully generic singular word for ‘love’, whether its love for your grandma, your hot new boyfriend or your baby niece, struggled with this idea. The boy with the bow and arrow was Eros, and neither explanations nor re-branding exercises were going to change that.
It was the first sculpture in the world to be cast in aluminium and is set on a bronze fountain.
Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA
Over the years generous donors have gifted Surrey Heath with paintings and drawings. Some of that collection is on display in Surrey Heath Museum’s current exhibition of the Borough’s art collection. Here’s my photo of some of the paintings on show and the exhibition details. On show is my favourite painting from their collection – The Washing Line by Percy Harland Fisher.
Surrey Heath Museum is hosting a selling exhibition of local artists of the Frimley & Camberley Society of Arts. The exhibition runs to the 23rd December.
Those among you who are regular readers here will, no doubt, be expecting a painting of the week, being as we visited the Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway last week.
Not being one to disappoint, here’s No.13 in the painting of the week series. It’s The Harbour Bar by Edwin Ellis 1842-1895 [click on image to expand]. You can see this painting and the others [there are three in my painting of the week series – see below the painting] on the upcoming Heritage Open Day on Sunday 11th September.
There are three of the Royal Holloway pictures in my Painting of the Week series,
Here’s a list of local events in July,
- Friday 1st July: The Choir That Rocks at St. Paul’s Church, Camberley
- Friday 1st July: New surrey Heath Museum exhibition – The local legacy of warfare
- Sat 2nd July: Marking Somme centenary, Wreath Laying Ceremony, London Rd War Memorial
- Sat 2nd July: Battle of the Somme Study Day at Camberley Theatre
- Sat 2nd July: Royal Logistic Corps Open Day, Dettingen Fields, Deepcut, Camberley
- Sat 2nd July: Jewels of the Baroque by Surrey Heath Singers, Tomlinscote School, Frimley
- Sun 3rd July: Somme Commemoration Service, All Saints’ Church, Lightwater
- Thurs 7th July: Surrey Heath Museum Surrey Heath Walks – South Camberley
- Thurs 7th to 9th July: Alphabet of Summer concert, Kings International College, Camberley
- Fri 15-16th July: Frimley & Camberley Soc of Arts Exhibition, High Cross Church, Camberley
- Sat 16th July: Camberley Farmer’s & Artisans Market, Park Street, Camberley
- Sat 16th July: St. Anne’s Church Fête, Church Road, Bagshot
I guess we all know Google for internet search, and Google Maps with its clever Street View.
How many of us will have come across Google Earth, with its associated Google Mars, Google Moon, Google Ocean, Google 3D Buildings, Google Sky, and Google Historical Imagery.
I’m thinking far fewer people will have encountered the Google Cultural Institute, which aims, in super-high-resolution gigapixel images, to capture exhibits and collections from museums and archives from around the world, all in extraordinary detail.
Hypebeast in its article – Google Is Preserving Great Works of Art With Its Own Super High-Res Camera – reports that the arrival of Google’s owns high-res camera has speeded up the process of image capture from 1 day per image to 1 image every 30 minutes.
To be able to view art in detail is amazing – just like standing close-up to the physical object. Try it for yourself and see how good it is. Click on image below to link to the website.
The Apollo Magazine art diary contains their selection of what’s on in the art world. And they mean world, too. Their map-based selection tool lets you choose country, then expand out to your local area. Locally, I’ve found events listed in Guildford.