From spring 2014, passengers will be bathed in a sea of colour by David Batchelor`s new momentous artwork, Chromolocomotion, as the station bids a fond farewell to its Clouds
HS1 Ltd, owners of St Pancras International, has today announced David Batchelor as the second artist to front its in-station public art programme – Terrace Wires.
The work, Chromolocomotion, will express Batchelor`s love of light and bold colour. Using brightly coloured Perspex shards, the new installation will create an ever changing explosion of colour over the Grand Terrace in the station. A renowned artist, Batchelor works with colour, especially the myriad of vivid shades in the urban environment.
He was invited earlier this year to enter his piece by the notable Terrace Wires judging panel:
• Nigel Carrington, Rector at University of the Arts, London;
• Richard Cook, Editorial Director at Wallpaper Magazine;
• Evan Davis, journalist and author;
• Chris Wainwright, Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges;
• Edmund de Waal, Ceramic Artist and Author;
• Nicola Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at HS1 Ltd.
Today`s announcement is the second commission in the Terrace Wires series, again commissioned by HS1 Ltd, following the success of Lucy + Jorge`s clouds (Cloud : Meteoros) this year. Suspended for six months at a time, the programme encourages the public and the art world to be inspired by the grandeur of the station. Terrace Wires is the fourth leg of London`s rotational public art spaces, alongside the Fourth Plinth, Serpentine Gallery and the Tate Modern`s Turbine Hall. However it is distinctive in that the art is suspended from the roof and is seen by 48 million travellers as they pass through St Pancras each year.
Watch this space!
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