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Royal Academy of Arts and St Pancras International station unveil installation by Ron Arad RA

THE Royal Academy of Arts and St Pancras International station today revealed a major site-specific installation, Thought of Train of Thought, 2016, by Royal Academician Ron Arad for Terrace Wires, the station’s public commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists.

This is the second instalment of a four year partnership between HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International station) and the Royal Academy for the station’s public sculpture series, following Cornelia Parker RA’s One More Time in 2015. This year marks the fourth year of the Terrace Wires commission at the station.

Suspended on wires from St Pancras International’s Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed roof, Thought of Train of Thought, comprises one 18 metre twisted blade made of aluminium which rotates slowly creating an optical illusion of movement.

Ron Arad RA said: “The rotation and the horizontal movement take turns in the viewers’ perception as the readings of the object alternate and the hypnotic effect is greater than the means, so will hopefully be the delight of the public at St Pancras.”

Arad has designed a number of public art works including the Vortext in Seoul, South Korea, the Kesher Sculpture at Tel Aviv University, Israel, Evergreen in Tokyo, Japan, and Curtain Call for the Roundhouse, London. As part of the Summer Exhibition 2016, Arad has created a new work, Spyre, for the RA Courtyard until August 21.

Terrace Wires is a highly visible programme for public art. 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 whilst celebrating the approach in 2018 of both the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of St Pancras station. The commission is the Royal Academy’s only external public sculpture series in London and is free to view.

Thought of Train of Thought will be at St Pancras International station until January 2017. The work was fabricated by CIG Architecture based in Groningen in the Netherlands.

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, said: “Ron Arad’s work has always blurred the boundaries between architecture, sculpture, engineering and design which is why both the RA and HS1 are so excited by the project he has developed. Thought of Train of Thought will reflect – in every sense of the word – on one of London’s great urban structures. The experience should be both spectacular and thought provoking and offer the visitor a genuinely new perspective on a national landmark.”

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International), said: “Terrace Wires is about encouraging people visiting St Pancras to take a moment and look up. As the first moving installation commissioned for the space, we are excited to see how the public react and engage with this captivating piece. Following last year’s success, we are pleased to be celebrating a second year of our partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and thank Ron Arad for designing a unique and impressive sculpture for our thousands of daily commuters and visitors to enjoy.”