Did the boldness of Britain's public art pave the way to Brexit?

By Jonathan Jones

From the Angel of the North to the Tower of London poppies, art on an epic scale has captured imaginations, fired up patriotic pride – and made us a Brexit nation

Emerging from customs at St Pancras International station last night, I found myself looking up at two colossal sculptures. Paul Day's nine-metre bronze statue of a kissing couple loomed up in all its detailed smoochiness. Higher still, suspended from the roof, soared Ron Arad's wave-like Thought of Train of Thought.

To their supporters and critics these may seem to be very different works of art – Arad's cutting edge abstraction versus Day's figurative statue – but seeing them with the eyes of a traveller who'd just cleared the UK border, they both spoke of national self-confidence: bold and brassy, a bit vulgar, and very loud.

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