October 12th, 2008

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Station Bans Train Death Artwork

There's a time and place for everything but I can't believe how the following actually got as far as being commissoned and approved by London & Continental Railways as part of a gigantic bronze frieze to be displayed at London's International St. Pancras Station.

The sculpture was a platform scene reflected in a pair of sunglasses of a man falling under a train driven by the Grim Reaper.

Now, and I may be wrong about this, but how could anyone think this was an appropriate statue for a train station and in good taste?

It'd hardly inmstall confidence in travellers seeing it. A bit like if you showed airplane crashes at airports I'd imagine.

I'm also not in the least bit surprised that train drivers and the families of suicide victims have come out to condemn this piece of work.

In an art gallery it has it's place and a powerful expression. Showing it at an actual train station is unthinkably insensitive at best.

Anyway, the scultpure has been cancelled. But still, someone at L&CR needs their head examined for accepting the idea in the first place.

Station Bans Train Death Artwork (BBC News; Sunday 12th October 2008)
Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7666093.stm