One of the coolest things to happen since St Pancras Station was refurbished a few years ago was that they regularly have new art installations. They’ve just unveiled the latest one called The Interpretation of Movement (a 9:8 in blue).
About the work:
The Interpretation of Movement (a 9:8 in blue), 2017, will be Conrad Shawcross’ largest mechanical work to date, stretching out to a 16m diameter as it methodically turns above the station concourse. Consisting of three articulated arms driven by a complex sequence of gears, the mechanism drives three ‘optic sails’ which expand and contract in an orbit from the centre, where they eclipse each other to create a shimmering optical effect. Terrace Wires is a highly visible programme for public art, suspended from St Pancras International’s iconic Barlow Shed roof. It offers 48 million travellers each year the chance to experience the latest contemporary art as they pass through the station. This partnership between HS1 Ltd. and the Royal Academy of Arts builds on the shared belief in the values of bringing art to the community. The commission is the Royal Academy’s only external public sculpture series in London and is free to view.
Here’s a little video about the work – you definitely need to see it in motion to get the full effect:
The installation is now on display at the station. Check it out next time you’re passing through.