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This was his largest mechanical work to date, stretching out to 16m in diameter underneath the vast St Pancras International roof. Mesmerising and methodical, it consists of three articulated arms with sails that expand and contract as they orbit and eclipse each other in mid-air.
The 2016 artwork was by designer and Royal Academician Ron Arad. His installation, Thought of Train of Thought, was an 18-metre-long twisted blade that rotated slowly to create an optical illusion of horizontal, train-like movement. In contrast to its imposing station surroundings – “rich in architectural details, busy with movement of people, trains, billboards and other stimuli,” says Arad – the work was “minimal, monolithic and calm.”
Cornelia Parker’s work, One More Time, in 2015, was a working replica of the station’s DENT London clock. Reversed out in black and silver, it became reminiscent of a photographic negative. The black clock was suspended 16 metres in front of the original, so for those alighting from the trains the original face will gradually appear eclipsed.
Chromolocomotion, expressed David Batchelor’s love of light and bold colour. Using brightly coloured Perspex shards, the new installation created an ever changing explosion of colour over the Grand Terrace in the station.
In April 2013, visitors witnessed the unveiling of an enormous piece of public art at one of Europe’s most loved buildings, St Pancras International. Launching the station's Terrace Wires programme, Cloud: Meteoros by Lucy + Jorge Orta was the first of a series of public art pieces, designed to fill the momentous space above the Grand Terrace.
St Pancras International is proud to be the home of some specially commissioned pieces of Art.