Friday, 23 December 2011

Seven noses of Soho

This object high on a wall in Meard Street, in the heart of Soho, is a nose by sculptor Rick Buckley. There are rumoured to be seven noses dotted around Soho.

Incensed by the introduction of CCTV cameras by Westminster Council the artist put the noses under the ‘noses’ of cameras as a protest. There were originally as many as 35 scattered around London on buildings such as Tate Britain and the National Gallery but most have now disappeared. 

The first appeared in 1996 and the last cast was left in 2005. There is also an ear in Floral Street but thats by artist Tim Fishlock. I'm not making this stuff up! It's true.

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