Day, 55 Broadway

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Day, 55 Broadway

 
55 Broad­way is the mon­u­men­tal art deco head­quar­ters of Lon­don Under­ground, designed by Charles Hold­en and built between 1927 and 1929.

The build­ing is graced by ten stone reliefs, none of which was much appre­ci­at­ed at the time of its con­struc­tion, includ­ing works by Eric Gill and Hen­ry Moore, and a pair of pieces by Jacob Epstein (1880–1959), enti­tled Day and Night.

Pub­lic and press oppro­bri­um cen­tred on Day for its por­tray­al of a father and his naked son and, in par­tic­u­lar, for the pro­por­tions of the boy’s phal­lus. Frank Pick, ‘the man who built Lon­don Trans­port’ and com­mis­sioned the work, stood by Epstein and threat­ened to resign rather than remove the sculp­ture but Epstein deflect­ed the crit­i­cism by ascend­ing the build­ing one night and reduc­ing the length of the offend­ing appendage by 1½ inch­es (3.8 cm).
 
55 Broadway - Day