Float Away on Cloud Meteoros at St Pancras International
Travel induces a mysterious sensation of gliding just above the ground as we float around the world to faraway shores. The feeling pertains not simply to planes that soar majestically through the sky, but to the cars and trains that carry us to explore new places.
This is, perhaps, one inspiration behind Meteoros – a new public art installation by Lucy and Jorge Orta in St Pancras International. Two white clouds suspended in front of the clock (where the Olympic Rings once hung) hover over the figures of travellers boarding the Eurostar to Paris and beyond. They float with a surprising lightness, even delicacy, for such a large piece.
Seen from afar, Meteoros injects life and energy into the cavernous ceiling and traditional British architecture of the famous station and Renaissance Hotel next door. It seems almost as if the sky has drifted in from outdoors, playing on associations between travel and the open air. Up close, this artwork is majestic, the sculpted people inhabiting the tops of these two white puffs peer out at us going about our busy travels.
Part dreamy, part futuristic; London’s newest piece of public art is a real treat. Whether your final destination is as close as a cocktail in the neighbouring Booking Office Bar or as far as the balmy beaches of southern France, be sure to stop off to see this beautiful sight on your journey.