The first sculpture to be unveiled for Terrace Wires at St Pancras marked the culmination of around three years’ work at Studio Orta. Inspired by the history and grandeur of the station itself, Cloud: Meteoros was designed to unite people inside the station with the world outside.
Cloud : Meteoros by Lucy + Jorge Orta (Terrace Wires, April – October 2013)
Lucy Orta provides her thoughts on the inspiration behind her collaborative artwork which was suspended from the Barlow Shed roof at St Pancras International in 2013. Cloud : Meteoros was the first piece of artwork to be exhibted as part of the Terrace Wires series, a programme of public art designed to inspire one million visitors who pass through the station each week.
“When St Pancras invited Jorge and me to submit a potential sculpture for the station, this was the perfect opportunity to create the crowning piece to our Cloud series. Inspired by the history and grandeur of the station itself, Cloud: Meteoros is designed to unite people inside the station with the world outside. Much like a Greek Agora (meeting place), the cloud will hover above the buzz of visitors to St Pancras and the figures gently resting on top echo the passengers waiting on the platforms below.
“Meteoros derived from ancient Greek: Raised from the ground – Hanging – Lofty - In the midst of... A meteor is also an atmospheric phenomena like a clouds wind or rain. The clouds are particularly interesting because they inhabit two worlds: that of heaven and the skies in their airy gaseous form and of liquid rain when it falls to earth.
“Our sculpture is symbol the space in between: that of the daily routines of the millions of passengers and visitors to the station and the freedom of our imagination, daydreams - looking up to the sky. Jorge and I see the Meteoros as the crowning piece to the Cloud series. We like to think of it floating amidst the vaulted ceiling like a magic carpet taking the passengers on an imaginary journey in the skies.
“But this piece was not simply about filling a huge space at St Pancras. I make the journey regularly from Paris (where our studios are based), to London where I work at the University of the Arts. In the mundane routine of travelling I hardly noticed the magnificent feat of structural engineering of the St Pancras International station. Now I will have a chance to look up and admire the immensity of the space.
“Fitting seamlessly with the man-made blue ‘sky’ of the surrounding iron girders, the scale and subject matter is designed to inject drama and awe. Just in the way ceiling frescoes affected Renaissance dwellers many centuries ago, our hope is that this sculpture will similarly inspire Londoners, making them look-up and ultimately feel differently about their surroundings.
“I hope our sculpture, suspended in the midst of this incredible architecture, will be one more way for the millions of visitors each week to admire the beauty of the space...take their minds of the mundane and spend more time dreaming.
“What a wonderful way for art to intervene into people’s lives.”
By Lucy Orta, artist
St Pancras International is proud to be the home of some specially commissioned pieces of Art.