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