Nov 14, 2019: From a raving laser projection, to a speaking tree with a Geordie accent, to a soaring sledge sculpture, the King’s Cross Christmas tree is always a surprise with an air of the unexpected, and this year is no exception.
Providing people who visit King’s Cross, with a special experience during the holiday season, King’s Cross has commissioned artist David Batchelor to make the 2019 King’s Cross Christmas tree within the dramatic surrounds of Granary Square.
This year’s Christmas tree, King’s Xmas, 2019, is a celebration of Batchelor’s love of colour, industrial materials and geometry.
King’s Xmas, 2019, situated in King’s Cross’ Granary Square, is a striking take on the traditional Christmas tree. Using scaffolding and LED lights Batchelor has created a 13.5-metre-high tree that transforms itself from day to night. By day the scaffold structure is at home in its environment and surroundings, a reference to the on-going development at King’s Cross. By night the outline of a Christmas Tree is revealed, floating like a child’s drawing.
Batchelor, who’s works have included Chromolocomotion at St Pancras International and
and 10 Silhouettes at Gloucester Road Tube station, is known for his work using light and colour drawing on the human experience of the modern urban environment.
Visitors to King’s Cross will be able to view the tree in Granary Square from Thursday 14 November until Thursday 2 January.
The tree is curated by Rebecca Heald, curator of The King’s Cross Project, a series of commissions for the buildings and spaces of King’s Cross.
The Granary Square Christmas tree is free to view and is part of a packed programme of Christmas activities taking place across the estate. This also marks the start of Christmas markets and a host of special retailer events at Coal Drops Yard, as it transforms into a fluorescent winter wonderland, sprinkled with colourful flocked trees and illuminated with an array of multicoloured lights inspired by the natural beauty of the Northern Lights. Other exciting events include Christmas under the Canopy, Mexican Christmas Market, Independent Label Market and much more! Check out the full programme here.