Paul Day (sculptor)

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The Meeting Place, St Pancras Station, London
The Meeting Place, St Pancras Station, 2013

Paul Day (born 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]

In 2008 a high-relief frieze was added to the base of the Meeting Place sculpture as part of refurbishments at St Pancras, featuring images from the history of the Tube 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.[3] [4]

Day studied at art schools in the UK at Colchester and Dartington, completing his training at Cheltenham in 1991. He now lives in a village near Dijon, France, with his French wife, Catherine. 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 UK, stating: ".....there is an awful lot of crap out there."[6] Day admitted that, "Some will say it is a chocolate box sculpture".[7]


  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. 
  7. ^ Milmo, Cahal (14 February 2007). "Art that embraces a new future for St Pancras". The Independent. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 

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