When speaking with Don Mullan about his photo essay in this Issue, ‘Peace Line’ Wall Murals for a Fugitive Slave’, he mentioned a monument I had seen in St Pancras Station, London. ‘The Meeting Place’, a nine metre high bronze by British sculptor Paul Day. It is of a couple embracing underneath the St Pancras clock in the great arched railway station ‘shed’. Around its base is a sculptured frieze of quite striking composition.
According to the artist, his clients requested that the work “reflect the romance that train travel used to have. That it ought to be a very democratic piece of work, something that was accessible and could be easily appreciated by the mass of people that are going to go through the station.”
On reviewing the images, of embrace, of greetings, and particularly of partings, it was evident that a selection would make an apt closing essay for this Peaks & Valleys Issue of About Place Journal.