The S on the St Pancras for the hotel is slightly obscured due to the angle of the shot.
The giant statue of the couple is great and adds to the romance. The detail around to bottom I love and I’ve tried to capture it myself.
The 30ft statue of a couple in a loving clinch is by artist Paul Day forms the centrepiece of the newly refurbished station.
The work, The Meeting Place, cost about £1 million and stands directly beneath the station clock at the southern end of the new Eurostar terminus. It aims to reflect the romantic nature of train travel, and may remind travellers of a scene from Brief Encounter.
The work is modelled on the sculptor and his half-French wife Catherine, 38, and was originally to be of the couple kissing. But London and Continental Railways, which commissioned it, thought the pose too risqué so the statue shows the lovers touching foreheads as they clasp.
It is a poignant meeting of a chic French woman reunited with her English lover and aims to symbolise the meeting of two cultures as it sits beneath the imposing iron archways constructed by engineer William Barlow in 1868, and the station clock.
The statue of the man greeting the train is good too. But having shot him from the front I think he is looking through the roof. He is in fact Sir John Betjeman, CBE (pron.: /ˈbɛtʃəmən/; 28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who’s Who as a “poet and hack“.He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. Starting his career as a journalist, he ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate to date and a much-loved figure on British television. (Wikipedia)
Thank you Dave for your thoughts. As ever you thoughts are welcome and much appreciated.