Devoted to the unexpected details that help to make life in the city worth living
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Exchange Square, Broadgate EC2
This is the Broad of Broadgate, a voluptuous South American lovely officially known as the Broadgate Venus. You can tell she's Venus by the apple she holds in her hand, awarded to her by Paris in the earliest recorded beauty contest. She had, you will recall, bribed him with the promise of the love of Helen of Troy. It did not end well.
She was created in 1989 by the Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero, who trained as a matador before studying in Bogota, Madrid and Italy to become an artist and sculptor specialising particularly in bullfights and larger ladies.
I think she is smashing. The Broadgate website claims she is the most popular work of art in the place, and I can see why.