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10 Feb 2017

Helios returns home

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The gilded bronze figure of Helios has returned to the ‘doughnut’ after repair and renovation. The Helios has stood in the rotunda at Television Centre since the former BBC headquarters opened in 1960.

The three-metre high statue, which stands in the central garden of the building, was designed by British sculptor T B Huxley-Jones. Erected in 1960 for the opening of Television Centre, it represents the radiation of television light around the world. The statue will again be the centrepiece of a fountain and two reclining figures beneath the fountain bowl represent sound and vision, the two components of television.

Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of Television Centre, said: “Television Centre is a British icon and the Helios statue is synonymous with this famous building. It is a very special moment for everyone involved with the project now that Helios has returned as part of the renovated inner courtyard. The BBC’s heritage has a vital role to play in the future of Television Centre and we will also be retaining the iconic Television Centre atomic dots, the John Piper mural and the cantilever staircase – as well as the beloved Blue Peter mural – which are all integral to what we are creating at Television Centre. This is not just a housing development, we are doing something very different here to create a vibrant new neighbourhood in White City.”

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