Broadgate Venus

Reclining serenely at the heart of Broadgate, this polished bronze nude overlooks Liverpool Street Station, giving a glimpse of romance in the hustle and bustle of the City. At five tonnes, Venus is one of Botero’s largest pieces and her generous curves are ever popular with passers-by, art students and amorous couples, many of whom pose for photos, perhaps hoping her son Cupid is there in spirit too.

The teenage Botero trained as a matador in the provinces, before moving to Bogota and travelling to Europe to study art history and painting. Thankfully for lovers of his work, Botero chose to follow his artistic talents, creating paintings, drawings and sculptures of exaggerated, rounded human and animal forms. Now based in New York and Paris, he has achieved international recognition and his works are included in major museum collections worldwide.

More art in Broadgate

09. Water Feature

Water Feature

This Japanese inspired water feature is a feast for the eyes and a delight for the ears.

10. The Broad Family

The Broad Family

Corberó’s family members evoke a range of human feelings we all share.

11. Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramic Sculpture

This characteristically Catalan, hand painted, tiled sculpture soars several stories.