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A giant steel art installation has arrived in St Pancras International station

By Amy Smith

Architect and designer Ron Arad is taking over the city this summer. He is to unveil a new giant public sculpture 'Thought of Train of Thought' in St Pancras International station this week. It’s the fourth in the station’s public art series 'Terrace Wires'. The 18-metre-long twisted polished aluminium blade will hang suspended side-on above the Grand Terrace slowly rotating above the heads of the 1 million people passing through the station each week – blatantly a health and safety officer’s wet dream. 

Skilled Dutch boat builders have constructed the piece but the plans all began in Arad’s Chalk Farm studio. The same builders created another of his kinetic pieces, 'Spyre', currently installed in the Royal Academy courtyard for the duration of their Summer Exhibition. And if that’s still not enough Arad, you can also catch ‘Curtain Call’, a floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree giant (and more sophisticated) bead curtain at the Roundhouse in Camden made up of 5,600 silicon rods with projections that visitors can walk between.

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