Legends of Soho
The Seven Noses
In the late 1990s, an artist called Rick Buckley started a project in response to what he saw as the danger of the escalating number of CCTV cameras across the UK. He made 35 plaster casts of his own nose and affixed them to various buildings across London, right ‘under the nose’ of what he saw as the ‘Big Brother ‘ society in which we live. Most were quickly discovered by the authorities and removed, but those that were left have become part of the mythology of London, spawning fantastical legends.
The most famous of these stories refers to the Seven Noses of Soho. It is said that if you discover seven of the mysterious noses hidden around Soho you will become fabulously wealthy. The fact that there are actually only five noses to be found hidden in the area and one of them isn’t even a Buckley nose shouldn’t stand in the way of a great tale and certainly shouldn’t stop you searching for them.