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These glowing arches have returned to light up Granary Square

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Allie Abgarian

Back in Christmas 2018, in an effort to spread some festive cheer, Studio Mieke Meijer treated commuters at King’s Cross to a light installation called ‘The Space Frames’. The holidays may be well and truly over (feel free to start sobbing now) but the Netherlands-based art collective has decided that people deserve gifts in January, too. 

The glowing arches are back. Previously they were dotted around Coal Drops Yard, but this time they can be found on Granary Square, which is fitting given the arches mimic the graphic outlines and industrial structures found in the area. They look like (and are) handy places to sit – the design aims to encourage passers-by to interact with the art.

 People standing in front of the Space Frames in Coal Drops Yard

Photograph: John Sturrock

This is the third round for the bespoke commission, which was made by Company Place from MDR Gallery and consists of arches made from lightweight but super-strong aluminium skeletons, covered in frames with industrial polyester fabric used in the aviation industry, and then lit up.

The frames can be taken apart and be put back together again, meaning the art piece is sustainable and can be reused.  

The Space Frames in Coal Drops Yard

Photograph: John Sturrock

The Dutch design studio wants the arches to act as landmarks and beacons, shining bright in otherwise gloomy spaces.

If you need some light in the winter darkness or just a few nice pics for the old ’gram, swing by Granary Square sometime before March 31. 

Want more art in your life? Try one of London’s finest galleries.

If you prefer artefacts over art, check out the capital’s 14 weirdest museums. 

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