LOVER’S STATUE IN LONDON (Post No.5445)

 

 

Written by London Swaminathan

swami_48@yahoo.com

Date: 18  September 2018

 

Time uploaded in London – 11-16 am (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 5445

Pictures shown here are taken by london swaminatha.

 

A few days back I was walking past this huge and famous statue of Lovers at the King’s Cross and St Pancrass station. Then I decided to take some pictures with my mobile camera and post it for you. I have been planning to take a picture of the statue for long. During my usual visit to nearby British Library, I entered the station and took the pictures. Next time you come to London don’t miss it. Here is the appreciation and criticism of the statue:-

 

NAME- LOVER’S STATUE

LOCATION- ST.PANCRSS INTERNATIONAL STATION

(ADJACENT  TO KING’S CROSS STATION)

 

SCULPTOR- PAUL DAY

HEIGHT- 30 FEET

WEIGHT- 20 TONNES

EXPENSE – ONE MILLION POUNDS

INSTALLATION DATE- OCTOBER 2007

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

PAUL DAY’S WIFE CATHERINE (38 YEARS)  IS HALF-FRENCH. SO HE DECIDED TO  SHOW THAT IT IS THE MEETING POINT OF TWO CULTURES; THIS INTERNATIONAL STATION TAKES PASSENGERS IN TRAIN TO EUROPE VIA CHANNEL TUNNEL UNDER THE SEA WHICH DIVIDES FRANCE AND BRITAIN.

 

Paul Day says it remind one of the romance of travel. first he wanted to make it in a kissing posture and he dropped the idea later fearing criticism. I like the statue.

 

EVENING STANDARD NEWS PAPER REPORTED ABOUT THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE STATUE:-

PAUL DAY began by creating small-scale clay models before constructing a full-size polystyrene copy at a studio in Chichester, West Sussex. Detailed plaster casts were sent to a foundry and turned into bronze then treated with chemicals and wax. St Pancras became Eurostar’s London terminal on 14 November,2007 when all services moved from Waterloo and 20 minutes is cut off journey times. Paris will be only 2 hours 15 minutes away, and Brussels 1 hour 51 minutes from this station.

 

CRITICISM

FOLLOWING IS A REPORT FROM THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER

A 30 feet bronze statue of lovers embracing at St Pancras International railway station is a lesson in “how not to do” public art, a senior Royal Academy of Arts figure has claimed.

Tim Marlow was speaking as he unveiled a new, temporary installation at the London Eurostar terminal – a clock which will hang above the controversial lovers statue.

“Good public sculpture should seem effortless,” Mr Marlow said. “What you have here are two object lessons: one in how to do it, and the other how not to do it.”

Mr Marlow described the nearby lovers statue, The Meeting Place, as “terrible”.

“How not to do it – and with respect to the artist it’s a bad commission – is the sculpture of the two lovers,” he said. “It’s a terrible, schmaltzy, sentimental piece of kitsch.”

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.

But the artist responsible, Paul Day, has consistently defended the piece, saying it evokes the romance of travel. He says he regularly receives messages from the public praising the piece.

 

 

–subham–

 

 

 

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