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Paul Day, born in 1967, is a British sculptor. His high-relief sculptures in terracotta, resin, and bronze have been exhibited widely in Europe and his work is known for its unusual approach to perspective.[1]

Major works include:[1][2]

* Brussels - an urban comedy, a 25 metre long terracotta frieze in the Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert in Brussels
* The Battle of Britain Monument on the Victoria Embankment in London
* The Meeting Place, a 9 metres (29.53 feet) tall bronze statue in St Pancras railway station in London, surrounded by a frieze (see below).

Most recently a high-relief frieze has been added to the base of the Meeting Place sculpture, featuring images from the history of tube (subway) and train: people queuing on platforms or travelling in carriages; soldiers departing for war, and returning injured, and repair works following the 7 July 2005 London bombings. The work was the object of controversy when first erected, as one panel depicted a commuter falling into the path of a train driven by the Grim Reaper, however, following discussions with London and Continental Railways (LCR), this panel was replaced with another that the authorities agreed to display. [3] [4]

Paul Day studied art at art schools in the United Kingdom at Colchester and Dartington, completing his training at Cheltenham in 1991. He now lives in a village near Dijon in France, with his wife, Catherine, a native of France. Their Anglo-French relationship is an explicit and repetitive reference in his works. The Meeting Place, which is modelled on an embrace between Paul and Catherine, standing as a metaphor for St. Pancras's role as the terminus of the rail link between England and France.[1][5]

Another contemporary sculptor and critic, Antony Gormley, singled out The Meeting Place statue when he condemned the current public art works across the U.K., stating: ".....there is an awful lot of crap out there."[6]


1. ^ a b c "Battle of Britain London Monument". Battle of Britain Archive. Retrieved 2007-01-09.
2. ^ Milmo, Cahal (2007-02-14). "Art that embraces a new future for St Pancras". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
3. ^ Rachel Stevenson (12 October 2008). "St Pancras station refuses to display train death sculpture". The Guardian (London).
4. ^ Paula Fentiman (13 October 2008). "St Pancras frieze toned down". The Guardian (London).
5. ^ "Sculptor Paul Day's Commission". 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
6. ^ Arifa Akbar (6 March 2008). "Modern public artworks are 'crap', says Gormley.". The Independent.

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