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Sunday, 18 November, 2012
To: Tristan – email@example.com
Dear BBC Trust,
I wonder if you can help me with an enquiry about the relief sculptures on BBC Broadcasting House in Langham Place. I was wondering what the meaning of this sculpture is :
It reminds me a bit of the Pied Piper. An odd, motley-dressed man, associated with music, who gained the trust of those in charge and lured the children away to his lair, where he had his way with them.
Thank God nothing like that could ever happen at the BBC!
What does this sculpture represent, please?
Kind Regards, –
RE: Relief Sculpture
Monday, 3 December, 2012 16:54
From: Tristan – ”Trust Enquiries” <TrustEnquiries@bbc.co.uk>
Dear Mr Marlowe
Thank you for your email to the BBC Trust. I am responding as a member of the Trust Unit which supports and advises the Chairman and the Trustees.
I note your enquiry regarding one of the external sculptures by Eric Gill at BBC Broadcasting House.
The particular panel you refer to is over the entrance to the east side of the building, and represents “Ariel piping to children”.
There is more information about the sculptures and about Broadcasting House in general here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/key…ng_house.shtml
I hope this is helpful.
BBC Trust Unit
RE: Relief Sculpture
Monday, 3 December, 2012 19:45
“Trust Enquiries” <TrustEnquiries@bbc.co.uk>
Thanks very much, that’s very helpful. Eric Gill was a bit of an odd fellow, judging by his wiki page – a paedophile who was into bestiality and incest. Goodness gracious me!
I must say, I think it’s awfully brave of the BBC to display full-frontal images of naked children created by a paedophile on its headquarters, especially given recent…well. you know. Other, more timid institutions would have removed them by now, but the good old BBC won’t be cowed and is proud to display its cultural heritage. Well done, BBC! I trust that the BBC Trust are united in common purpose to weather whatever storms may come its way in the near future!
p.s. Congrats on the new DG – no doubt he will renew the sense of common purpose at the Beeb.