I recently had the pleasure of re-visiting St Pancras International and was intrigued to see what was going on as this station (or its owners) have an inspirational attitude to public art. I was not disappointed.
This is the second of a series of large public artworks – Chromolocomotion by David Batchelor – and is part of the Terrace Wire series. The first in the series was the surreal Cloud – Meteoros by Lucy and Jorge Orta which I sadly missed seeing. With up to one million visitors per week, the owners of St Pancras wanted to “treat commuters to something exciting, intriguing and new” allowing artists the opportunity to realise large scale artworks. It’s certainly worked in this case.
The iconic Barlow Train shed roof lights up David’s 20 x 10 metre sculpture, transforming it into a huge stained glass window in this cathedral to Victorian engineering. Everyone has a reaction to it. It left my companion cold but the colour, the clever juxtaposition of angles and shadows, brings joy to my heart. A reaction is what St Pancras wants and its a reaction that it’s got – I love it!
Contributor & photographer: Sue Lowry
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