Completed in 1987, ‘Rush Hour’ was the design of George Segal (1924 – 2000) an artist born in the USA. It represents the end of the day and the office workers want to get home. The six bronze figures look fairly impassive as they brave the London weather in their damp looking raincoats. Yet there is something unique here – Segal created this sculpture from live models, encasing them in wire mesh and plaster bandages, before cutting each cast open to free the model, rejoining the mould and casting bronze figures from the plaster versions.
One of America’s best known modern artists, Segal perfected the art of using plaster bandages to create real life tableaux, using close friends and family members as models. He won the US International Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture in 1992 and the National Medal of Arts in 1999.
The work of art is a little tucked away, positioned in front of one of the entrances to the UBS offices on the west side of the Broadgate Development. Nevertheless, it is still worth having a good look at.