By Angela Lovely
One of my colleagues at Fitzrovia News has questioned whether sexual abuse may be carved into the very structure of the BBC. Quite literally.
Above the front door to Broadcasting House on Portland Place is a sculpture by Eric Gill. It depicts Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Eric Gill (1882-1940) was a well known sculptor and produced many works including The Creation of Adam in the Palais des Nations, the European HQ of the United Nations in Geneva.
In 1989 biographer Fiona MacCarthy revealed that Gill had sexual relations with his teenage daughters, his sister and his dog.
Fitzrovia News contributor Fiona Green writes to ask:
While the Press are investigating Jimmy Savile’s abuses, I find it ironic and not a little strange that no-one has pointed out that the sculpture over the BBC in Portland Place is by Eric Gill: paedophile. Is that because it is so Institutionalised?
And as one BBC News report considered: Can the art of a paedophile be celebrated?