Ariel and Prospero by dog lover Eric Gill
Eric Gill created the ‘Ariel and Prospero’ statue that adorns the entrance to Broadcasting House as well as ‘Ariel piping to the children’ and ‘Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety’.
After Broadcasting House was opened and the statues were installed, concern was voiced about the size of the sprite’s genitalia. A question was tabled in the House of Commons, but the popular story, that Gill was ordered to modify the statue, is not substantiated. 1
Supposedly a deeply religious man who followed the Roman Catholic faith (go figure) according to his biographer, Fiona MacCarthy, Gill’s personal diaries described how he sexually abused his own children, had an incestuous relationship with his sister and performed sexual acts on his dog. 2
Whilst Television Centre appears to be a paedophile’s playground, an incestuous, child abusing, bestiality practitioner was commissioned to decorate Broadcasting House. Savile must have walked through those doors and thought to himself ‘I’ve arrived’.
Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety. Subtle Pied Piper allusions.
Piping to the children, Eric Gill
More than just allusions – in your face deviancy by self confessed child abuser.
Broadcasting House, artwork by Eric Gill
Eric Gill working on Ariel and Prospero statue, Broadcasting House
The Tempest: Prospero, Ariel, Gill and the BBC…and Anonymous