C’mon baby do the Chromolocomotion

This time last year, St Pancras station in King’s Cross station began a year-long cloudy period, thanks to the Cloud: Meteoros sculpture, designed by sculptor Lucy Orta and her husband Jorge. 

Chromolocomotion, Terrace Wires art programme at St Pancras International
Chromolocomotion, Terrace Wires art programme at St Pancras International

Now, the clouds have lifted in favour of a brighter artwork, the beautiful – if tricky to pronounce – Chromolocomotion, by artist David Batchelor.

The mosaic-like piece is housed under the Grade 1-listed Barlow Shed roof, forming  a work that calls to mind Tetris and raving.

Bold, L-shaped Perspex pieces are slotted together to create the work, which measures 20 x 10m.

Chromolocomotion is the second installation commissioned by HS1, St Pancras International’s owners, as part of the Terrace Wires series which sees art suspended 9m above the station’s platforms.

Chromolocomotion, Terrace Wires art programme at St Pancras International
Chromolocomotion, Terrace Wires art programme at St Pancras International

Dundee-born artist Batchelor made his mark on the artworld from his boldly-coloured lightbox installations, which use materials salvaged from the streets. Past works have seen him reclaim debris including trolleys, shelving units, factory scrap and found neon signs.

Chromolocomotion, Terrace Wires art programme at St Pancras International

Chromolocomotion, Terrace Wires art programme at St Pancras International

Batchelor says, ‘Terrace Wires offered me the chance to create a piece of work that celebrates the beauty and grandeur of this iconic example of industrial engineering.

‘With that in mind it seemed appropriate to celebrate this great volume of space above the platforms with something that alludes to these magnificent qualities.’

Nicola Shaw, chief executive at  HS1 and Terrace Wires head judge adds, ‘It is an honour for the station to display such a unique piece of art from a celebrated artist. David is widely known for his wall-and-floor-mounted works of art so undertaking a project of this size was a real challenge’.

Chromolocomotion is at the Grand Terrace at St Pancras International Station, Euston Rd,  London N1C until September this year

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