The sky is the agora of our imagination.

This motto in its full version actually says:

A suspended meeting place, the sky is the agora of our imagination.

and the motto was used for an installation as part of a new initiative titled Terrace Wires, in which the artists have been selected to create public sculpture, first ones to be suspended in the historic Barlow Shed of the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International train station in London, UK. The ambitious art project is funded by HS1 Limited, and joins other annual public art commissions in London. The idea is that the  artwork will be a cardinal welcome to the nearly one million visitors to the station each week.

The first installation, unveiled in mid April, is designed by Lucy + Jorge Orta (Studio Orta) and is called Cloud | Metéoros. It shows gray statues sitting on top of two fluffy-looking white clouds.

Floating amid the glass-vaulted architecture of the station, the work resembles a pair of huge white clouds populated with travellers, a ‘magic carpet’ taking passengers on an imaginary journey in the skies. It also carries a more political message. The cloud calls into question how mankind will share the vital resource of water on earth.

The authors website says:

Meteoros is a word derived from ancient Greek, meaning raised from the ground, suspended, lofty or in the midst. Clouds have long been intercessors between reality and the imagination, between heaven and earth, lightness and gravity. They inhabit the skies of Renaissance fresco paintings, often depicted crowded with laymen and prophets, angels and deities. Throughout history, this celestial vault has been a site of conviviality, of learning and exchange.

The Cloud will be on exhibition through 30 October 2013.


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