The Meeting Place, St. Pancras


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  • The Lovers’ statue – also known as the meeting place – is found on the St’ Pancras tube station. It is a 9m tall bronze statue of an intimate pose by the world renowned sculptor Paul Day. Known commonly as ‘The Lovers’ statue, it is often the first thing you see when you step off the Eurostar!

    The statue has faced brickbats ever since it was unveiled in 2007 following a major renovation of the station.

    Writer Will Self described it as “crappily kitsch” while Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller called it “barely a work of art”. And another critic recently called the statue “fatuous” adding it was “idiotic in scale, devoid of artistic life” and called for it to be melted down.

    However, there are other art critics that really loved it. As Paul Day put it “The couple itself will be the icon of the sculpture but around the base, on the frieze, I look at all kinds of different meetings and one of the things that made me think about that was the film ‘Love Actually.’ At the airport scene, when you get all the characters together and suddenly the doors open and out come the people that have been away and you get all sorts of meetings and people being reunited. I think that is an interesting slice of life and in a way the relief around the base has to be a rich tapestry about people getting together again after being apart. All separation involves a suspended moment when one wonders is this forever?”

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