London: Above Eye Level

Unusual London Arcania - Slightly Skywards
The Nose (in profile) - Admiralty Arch, SW1. Why is it there?  Good question.  It originated as an ‘art’ installation in 1997, protesting against the nosy ‘Big Brother’ society. But Londoners then imagined a history for it, providing it with a nineteenth century provenance - it was the Duke of Wellington’s nose; it was rubbed by Horseguards for good luck whilst riding through the Arch etc.  To find it look above eye level in the eastbound, or north, arch.

The Nose (in profile) - Admiralty Arch, SW1. Why is it there?  Good question.  It originated as an ‘art’ installation in 1997, protesting against the nosy ‘Big Brother’ society. But Londoners then imagined a history for it, providing it with a nineteenth century provenance - it was the Duke of Wellington’s nose; it was rubbed by Horseguards for good luck whilst riding through the Arch etc.  To find it look above eye level in the eastbound, or north, arch.

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