Piccadilly Circus Eros 'snow globe' will not return

Snow globe before and after it deflated
Image caption The snow globe was designed to deflate if there were any problems

The giant "snow globe" around a sculpture in central London, which deflated after strong winds battered the city, will now not be replaced.

The Christmas decoration around the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus collapsed last week.

Westminster Council said the PVC membrane was designed to deflate if any problems were detected.

A spokesman said as the sculpture was due to come down on 2 January, it will now not be replaced.

Winds blew the 30ft (9m) globe on to Eros' bow, tearing a hole in the structure, on 23 December.

A witness said people were covered with artificial snow when it blew out of the globe.

The globe around the sculpture had internal fans that blew around "snowflakes".

'Atrocious weather'

The 130-year-old sculpture by Alfred Gilbert is commonly known as the Eros statue - after the Greek god of love - but is actually of Anteros, the deity's brother.

Richie Gibson, Westminster City Council event director: "Unfortunately, despite months of preparation and testing, atrocious weather got the better of the Eros Snow Globe."

He added: "We wanted to bring the globe back but, rebuilding it would have involved applying for road closures and bringing in a crane.

"Therefore, with the globe due to come down on the 2nd January anyway, Westminster City Council has decided that it won't be put up again."

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