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Knut Henrik Henriksen, Full Circle, 2009Permanent artwork at King's Cross St Pancras Underground station. Courtesy the artist and Art on the Underground. Photo: Daisy Hutchison.
LONDON.- Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground Station will unveil Full Circle by Knut Henrik Henriksen on Friday 27 November 2009, the first permanent artwork to be installed on the network since Paolozzis mosaics at Tottenham Court Road in 1984.
Full Circle has been created as an integral part of the Kings Cross station upgrade, an enormous undertaking that includes two new ticket halls and several new pedestrian tunnels, to cater for growing numbers of Tube customers. The work references the impressive contemporary architectural setting of the modernised Tube station and will be sited at the end of the new tunnel that leads passengers to the Northern line platforms.
The size and form of Henriksens sculpture is frequently defined by such architectural specificities as the height, depth and materials of a given location. These become starting points for his work and in this case the circular end wall of the concourse tunnel is the origin of his concept. The circle is truncated where it meets the floor, implying a lost segment of circle beneath. This segment has been reinstated, conceptually exhumed by Henriksen, and mounted as an integral architectural feature of the end wall. It is fabricated by the station upgrade contractor from the same material (shot-peened stainless steel) as the wall itself. The effect is of a minimalist relief: a subtle, elegant work in metallic grey. Henriksens practise is underpinned by a preoccupation with and critique of key Modernist principles - form fitting purpose and truth to materials; minimal embellishment.
In the 1930s, London Undergrounds Managing Director Frank Pick, fired up by European Modernist ideals, championed a unifying principle of the Tube network, which became known as Total Design. Through this concept such elements as the Roundel, the Tube map, the Johnston typeface, artists designs for posters and station designs, exemplified by the work of architect Charles Holden, have combined to become central to London Undergrounds world renowned identity. Henriksens Full Circle brings this vision up to date, seamlessly becoming part of the Undergrounds tunnels and passageways.
The installation at Kings Cross St. Pancras is just one of a number of significant permanent artworks commissioned by Art on the Underground for key stations on the network over the coming years. For example, Daniel Buren will create a dramatic new work for the Tottenham Court Road Tube station, which is undergoing a major upgrade.
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