Winter Sun to Rise at King’s Cross

Posted: Monday 24th November 2014

Something new is coming to King’s Cross next month. From 6th December Winter Sun, an ‘hearth’-like artwork and public space, will be opened at Granary Square. Inspired by our need for light in the darkness of winter, Winter Sun will gather people together in a temporary structure of ever-changing light.

Winter Sun has been commissioned by King’s Cross and is a collaboration between artists James Bowthorpe and Kim Coleman, with architect Andrew Lock.

Taking inspiration from the technology we humans use to avoid darkness at this time of year, Winter Sun is a circular structure, 5 metres high by 18 metres wide, that will stand among the trees of Granary Square. The endlessly dimming and brightening social space will be encircled by twelve glowing ‘suns’ emulating natural light. Some suns will approximate daylight, others will continuously simulate daybreak, and those in darkened corridors – like moons – will be illuminated using recorded light from around the structure projected back into the space.

Speaking about the work, the collaborators said:

“Humans used to celebrate mid-winter as the time of the year when the earth is furthest from the sun, anticipating its glorious return; Winter Sun is a dose of man-made sun in the dark of winter.”

Speaking about the commission, King’s Cross Asset Manager, Anna Strongman said,

“Cityscapes can be bleak in the depths of winter; at King’s Cross we are creating a sensory treat which will cocoon visitors and allow them to experience shifting patterns of light.”

A bar at the centre of the structure will be a space for visitors to try specialist hot and cold cocktails with locally-sourced ingredients such as honey, horseradish and winter fruits; the menu will include ales, lagers and ciders including award-winning Hallets and 21 Guns American IPA, and different varieties of rum, gin, whiskey and cognac. There will also be a range of food available, including a mixture of traditional British pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls. The design of the bar, down to the lighting and staff uniforms, will be part the creative concept, referencing sunlight and created using exposed light-sensitive materials.

A series of small events relating to the work will be hosted in the central space and promoted over the course of the installation.

Winter Sun runs 6 December until mid-January.


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