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British Man Destroys Sculpture by paedophile Artist Eric Gill
A man who climbed up onto the BBC’s London headquarters in an alleged attempt to damage a statue by the artist Eric Gill has been arrested.
The statue, which depicts Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, was created in the 1930s by Eric Gill, who is said to have sexually assaulted his two daughters.
Gill’s abuse came to light in the 1980s, following the publication of an autobiography that used evidence from the artist’s private diaries.
Since then, the statue has proved controversial and there have been many calls for it to be removed.
A spokesperson for the BBC said the incident was an ‘ongoing police matter’ and declined to comment further.
The Prospero and Ariel statue on the front of Broadcasting House is one of two pieces of art at the BBC headquarters by Gill, according to the BBC. The large sculpture was installed in 1933.
Gill is said to have sexually abused two of his daughters.
He died 1940 but in 1989 a biography of the artist by Fiona MacCarthy claimed he had sexually assaulted his daughters and participated in other ‘disturbing sexual acts’.
The evidence for the revelations came from Gill’s private diaries.
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