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Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Broadgate Venus

The 5 ton Broadgate Venus created by Fernando Botero placed here in Exchange Square in 1990. Bang in the middle of the business area. Does she represent the excesses of business or a comment on the size zero women one is more likely to see in this district?
This is a Monday to Friday area. During the weekend nothing is open and the square is generally isolated.

18 comments:

Babzy said...

This sculpture is amazing !! I'd like to take photos too !

Celine in London said...

I just love this statue! and I have only been to that square on the weekend and it was usually empty!

Angie said...

Big is beautiful, so they say. Great photo, everything fits even down to the black wellie boots the guys are wearing.

Hilda said...

Probably both. Though whoever commissioned it probably didn't mean it as either.

Botero's roundness looks fantastic among the geometric patterns of the buildings.

heidi said...

I love this photo! Great contrasts: dark & light, linear & curvilinear! Awesome! I'd like to think the statue is a commentary on the size and shape of women today...

Laurent said...

I like Botero a lot and your picture is perfect.

Candie Bracci said...

wow that black and white pic is really amazing!

Ivy said...

I like the way her curves contrast with the angles of the building. Also great to have the perspective of the two guys to see how large she really is.

Sharon said...

Either message you described seems appropriate.

marley said...

Great photo in b&w. Nice to see a curvy woman :)

Teresa said...

wow! amazing picture!

DaveM said...

Good pic, the B & W enhances it.

Keropok Man said...

Another one of the Botero's piece. Always wonderful to look at them :-)

gavin hart said...

Wow, that's one large lady! It's good you included the two guys to show the scale of the statue. It's certainly very outstanding amongst the surrounding architecture.

Karen said...

I love this statue! Nice pic in the B&W too!

sas said...

I had no idea this sculpture existed. I love the excess and lust and abundance of her. Quite sexy!

/t. said...

beautiful!

/t.

jenny2write said...

I think she's designed to make people think. She seems like a sort of earth mother, doesn't she - still very much present despite the concrete and metal. Maybe she is saying that if left alone, the whole commercial development would revert to nature.

Worth visiting in order to scramble round and look at from all angles.

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