Feb 25

Dear BBC Trust

Republished with permission

This is a genuine email exchange

Relief Sculpture

Sunday, 18 November, 2012

To: Tristan – trust.enquiries@bbc.co.uk

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 :

ericgillforweb_1446868cA naked long-haired man with a cigar, with two young girls who are hitching up their skirts.

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, –

Mr Marlowe

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.

Yours sincerely


BBC Trust Unit

RE: Relief Sculpture
Monday, 3 December, 2012 19:45

To Tristan
“Trust Enquiries” <TrustEnquiries@bbc.co.uk>

Dear BBC,

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!

Kind Regards

Mr Marlowe

p.s. Congrats on the new DG – no doubt he will renew the sense of common purpose at the Beeb.

Eric Gill’s Wikipedia page


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