Shower of colour at St Pancras International as ‘Chromolocomotion' hangs over platforms – but artist insists his piece wasn't inspired by Tetris!

Friday, 11th April 2014

David Batchelor's colourful 'Chromolocomotion' artwork at St Pancras International

Published: 11 April, 2014
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

COMMUTERS will be showered in a rainbow of light the next time they head to King's Cross, thanks to a colourful new artwork resembling the retro video game Tetris, which has been installed at St Pancras International.

"Chromolocomotion", by renowned artist David Batchelor, has been erected at the grade-I listed Barlow Shed roof of the station – the same place that giant Olympic rings were installed in the summer of 2012.

But despite appearances, Mr Batchelor says he had never played Tetris in his life. “The last game I played was actually Space Invaders in a pub in the 1970s,” he added.

It was the simple, vivid, and colourful design of the Olympic Rings that actually inspired his creation.

The 20-metre-wide installation, made out of 44 individual perspex L-shapes, casts a kaleidoscope of colour over the station as light shines through.

The John Betjeman statue and the new artwork at St Pancras

Mr Batchelor said that he was rather pleased with the outcome: “Someone sent me a photo of the piece around lunchtime, when the sun was hitting it and sending rainbow patterns all over the Eurostar platform. Well, you can't not like that.”

It was chosen out of dozens of entries by a panel of judges, including journalists, artists and academics, from Terrace Wires, who are in charge of art at the station.

Nicola Shaw, head judge on the panel and CEO of HS1 Ltd, said: “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. We are in no doubt that this latest piece will delight and intrigue passengers, stopping them in their tracks and encouraging them to look up, capturing both their eyes and their hearts.”

The Scottish artist is best known for his brightly-coloured installations, often turning disused objects into captivating neon pieces.

Artist David Batchelor at St Pancras International

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