Now, British sculptor Richard Wentworth and emerging Zurich-based architecture practice GRUPPE are looking to the area to create a new temporary structure entitled Black Maria, to be sited in The Crossing public atrium space that conjoins the Granary Building to the recently-opened Central St Martins art school campus.
The structure will be used as a space for discussion, performance and moving image works.
The piece will form part of the Relay scheme, which uses artworks to gradually highlight different parts of King’s Cross as it undergoes major renovation work.
The installation will coincide with Wentworth’s forthcoming solo show at the nearby Lisson Gallery, which will present a new series of photographs alongside his sculptural works.
As with Wentworth’s sculpture, the photographs use everyday objects, patterns and odd situations to examine the ‘uneasy qualities of the mundane’, according to the gallery.
The show will also feature a new site-specific installation, A Room Full of Lovers, inspired by the calculations used by Gaudi in constructing Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia cathedral. Wentworth has created the piece using steel chains anchored from the ceiling, falling at various points around the gallery space to ‘explore the role of gravity and perception as artistic tools’, says Lisson Gallery.
Wentworth and Gruppe’s installation will be in place from 13 February, and the Lisson Gallery show runs from 30 January – 9 March at 52-54 Bell Street, London NW1