The Eros Statue in the centre of Piccadilly Circus is one of the most famous sights in the city, the background to millions of tourist’s photographs through the years. The fountain underneath, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, was erected in 1893 in commemoration of Lord Shaftesbury’s work. The Eros statue surmounts the fountain, however, although it has been given this name, it actually depicts his twin brother Anteros, the God of requited love, with the Eros nickname given to it by the public.
At the time of making, it was the first sculpture to be cast in aluminium in the world. Over time it has gone on to become the most famous statue in London, and although the name may be incorrect, that matters not one bit to the millions of people who have felt its arrow pierce their hearts.