The English and French artistic duo Lucy and Jorge Orta have been chosen to create a contemporary art commission in London: a huge installation for St Pancras International train station, greeting visitors arriving in the city on Eurostar trains from Europe.
The Ortas’ work, which will be unveiled in April 2013, will replace the Olympic Rings that were suspended from the ceiling in front of the station clock in the run-up to the London 2012 games.
The work will be visible from the entire Grand Terrace of the station and will be seen by up to 1 million visitors a week, according to a spokesman for the project.
The project will be inspired by ‘clouds’, ‘water scarcity’ and ‘environment’ and the finished installation – built by professional engineers – will be 20m wide and weigh around two tonnes. The artist duro will use the latest technology to produce 3D scans of real people which will then be milled by the computer.
The Ortas were selected by a panel of judges which included the potter Edmund de Waal, the BBC journalist Evan Davies, and Nicola Shaw, the chief executive of of HS1 Ltd, the owners of St Pancras International, who are funding the project.