Looking up the stone nose of Meard Street, Soho, London

Looking up the nose of Meard Street, Soho, London

Seen half way up a wall in Meard Street, Soho, can be seen a sculpted stone nose, one of several to be found around the city.

Looking up the nose of Meard Street, Soho, London

A total of seven noses can apparently be found on buildings scattered around Soho, with many being created by sculptor Rick Buckley.

The artist left casts of his own hooter on London walls back in the late 1990s as a protest at the rise of the “Big Brother” society [source].

Many noses have since sniffed their last, but it seems survivors have been spotted in places like Dean Street, Endell Street and Bateman Street, as well as a non-Soho variant on Admiralty Arch.

However, the one in Meard Street is a more recent effort, dating from a 2005 ‘Living Streets’ social awareness project, which saw street items like paving stones and signs “talking” back to passers-by, with the nose issuing a sneezing sound.

Have you spotted any of these noses around Soho?

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