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Black Maria

Part of the RELAY art programme

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Black Maria was part of the RELAY public art programme. It ran from February – March 2013

Black Maria was a major commission by the British artist Richard Wentworth working in collaboration with GRUPPE, an emerging Swiss architectural practice. For four weeks the Black Maria timber structure inhabited the Crossing. The remarkable atrium which joins the historic Granary Building with the new central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Named after Edison’s film studio, Black Maria turned the shed which captured the first moving images into an auditorium, where passers-by are invited to develop their own uses and purposes. By day, Black Maria acted as a public space, into which one could freely walk, work and rest. By night, doors became screens, stairs doubled up as seats, as Black Maria turned into a space for discussions and screenings.

Black Maria was supported by Arts Council England and King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.

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