Two pupils from Drayton Park Primary School in Highbury have been named as the winners of the 2016 St Pancras International Terrace Wires in the Community art competition.
Aysan Khezer Najad and Michael Dennis Smith both pupils in year 6 at the school won for their design ‘Dreamy Boat’ which garnered plaudits from the judges for its originality and interpretation of this year’s theme: ‘imaginative trains of thought and movement.’ Following the unveiling of Ron Arad’s Thought of Train of Thought installation at the station in July, schools from across London took part in the project, each entry was judged by High Speed 1 Ltd. (owner of St Pancras International) Commercial Director Wendy Spinks and Ron Arad himself.
Aysan and Michael's prize was a guided tour of the Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition with Ron Arad, who answered the children's questions about being an artist and creating large scale works of art.
This year, Ron Arad created one of the most ambitious installations yet for Terrace Wires. His constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium and polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture.
Suspended on wires from the station’s Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed roof, as if floating, Thought of Train of Thought is an 18-metre-long twisted blade rotating slowly to create an optical illusion of wave-like movement. Minimal and monolithic, the hypnotic motion offers passengers and visitors to the station a moment of calm in the midst of their busy lives.
Ron Arad RA commented:“The rotation and the horizontal movement take turns in the viewers’ perception as the readings of the object alternate and the hypnotic effect is greater than the means, so will hopefully be the delight of the public at St Pancras.”
Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International), said: “Terrace Wires is about encouraging people visiting St Pancras to take a moment and look up. As the first moving installation commissioned for the space, we are excited to see how the public react and engage with this captivating piece. Following last year’s success, we are pleased to be celebrating a second year of our partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and thank Ron Arad for designing a unique and impressive sculpture for our thousands of daily commuters and visitors to enjoy.”
Thought of Train of Thought by Ron Arad RA can be viewed at St Pancras International station until early January 2017.
St Pancras International is proud to be the home of some specially commissioned pieces of Art.