David Batchelor to exhibit new artwork on Terrace Wires next spring


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 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.

David Batchelor, artist, said:

“It thrills me that a new work of mine will be suspended from such an iconic, historic location as this. Ultimately, I was inspired by the structure of the station, the intricate steel and glass canopy of the Grand Terrace and the opportunity that such a capacity for light affords me as an artist. I look forward to unveiling Chromolocomotion in its full glory next year.”

Nicola Shaw, chief executive at HS1 Ltd (owners of St Pancras International) and Terrace Wires judge, said: “St Pancras International has proved  a wonderful canvas for inspiring both the artists taking part in Terrace Wires, and for the visitors who enjoy the artwork in its splendour, day in, day out.

She continued: “As the UK’s best loved train station, we enjoy creating platforms that inspire, challenge and stimulate our visitors. Investing in public art is a commitment we believe in strongly, and Lucy + Jorge Orta set the bar extremely high for us with their much-loved Clouds: Meteoros artwork. We look forward to seeing David’s artwork in situ next spring.”

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor at University of the Arts London and Terrace Wires judge commented:  “David Batchelor is renowned for the striking way in which he focuses in on the myriad of brilliant hues of the urban environment. We were struck by his designs, his ideas, his vision for colour and modern materials - and how that might reflect against the stark natural light that falls into St Pancras International from the grand 19th Century Barlow Shed roof.”

In its second phase, Terrace Wires will continue outreach work beyond St. Pancras, in a series of high-profile partnerships over the period, including local schools projects and partnerships with stakeholders, which started with Clouds: Meteoros.

David Batchelor’s Chromolocomotion will beavailable to view at the Grand Terrace at St Pancras International from Spring 2014. In the meantime, arts lovers can view Lucy + Jorge’s Clouds as part of the Google Cultural Institute at: www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project

Art at St Pancras International

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