Google+ London Architecture Blog: WEEK 48 13 FEATURE #41 SNOW GLOBE, PICCADILLY CIRCUS

Sunday, 8 December 2013


Snow Globe, Piccadilly Circus
Project Team: Architen Landrell (architects), Westminster City council (client), Wildstone (outdoor Marketing Consultants), David Dexter Associates (Structural Engineers), XL video (Video Screens)
Date Completed: 2013
Location: Piccadilly, W1

The snow globe is a new protective cover for the statue of Anteros (often understood to be Eros) in Piccadilly Circus at the intersection of Piccadilly, Regent Street, Glasshouse Street, Shaftsbury Avenue and Coventry Street. The cover is designed to protect the statue from damage during the festival celebrations in London over Christmas and the New Year.

The Snow Globe was designed by the architects Architen Landrell with engineers David Dexter Associates for Westminster City Council. The structure is a pvc air filled 'bubble' regulated by two fans positioned within the octagonal base. Beside this, eight snow blowers circulate artificial snow around the statue and are complimented by coloured lighting displays. On the outside of the base at ground level are LED advertising screens.

The Anteros statue itself was designed by Alfred Gilbert and was completed in 1892. The statue depicts the Greek God Anteros but is widely believed to his brother, Eros.

The globe is part of a four year project and when it is removed on 4th January will be taken into storage until next year when it will return over the Christmas and New Year period.

Guardian article by Oliver Wainwright on the snow globe featuring photographs of previous protective covers from the 1940s and 1950s.

Piccadilly Circus

The statue inside the globe
The Snow Globe
The Snow Globe and the entrance to Piccadilly Circus underground station

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