"East Wind" by Eric Gill (1882-1940) on 55 Broadway - photograph

This bas-relief sculpture, 'East Wind', by artist Eric Gill, is on the north side, west wing of 55 Broadway. This Art Deco building was the new headquarters of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London Limited (U.E.R.L.) and, later, London Transport. Designed by Charles Holden, the building opened in 1929 and was then the tallest in London. It was awarded the London Architectural Medal. The sculpture depicts a flying naked male figure. Eric Gill was a multi-talented sculptor, typographer and engraver, one of the best artists of his day. He studied under the calligrapher and stonemason Edward Johnston, creator of the Johnston typeface used all over London Transport. Gill went on to produce the Gill Sans font, based on Johnston's work. Gill's work, influenced by his Catholicism, often has religious and/or erotic overtones. Gill was in charge of the other sculptors on 55 Broadway including Jacob Epstein and a young Henry Moore, for whom this was the first public commission.
Production Date:
1 May 1929
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Photographer : Topical Press
Transport for London

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