Studio Mieke Meijer lights up Granary Square

Space Frames set to banish the dark winter nights this January as they return to King’s Cross

Posted: Wednesday 15th January 2020

Following their huge popularity in Coal Drops Yard last winter, Studio Mieke Meijer’s Space Frames will return to King’s Cross on 13 Jan 2020, this time lighting up Granary Square with a playful installation.

The Space Frames respond to the timeless beauty of the rigorous and functional industrial architecture that surrounds them, including the adjacent Granary Building and nearby Coal Drops Yard. In fact, they trace and mimic the graphic outlines of Coal Drops Yard’s arches and industrial structures.

The dynamic installation encourages people to interact with it through its placement and use of seating. The Space Frames also act as landmarks and beacons, drawing visitors towards and beneath them.

Studio Mieke Meijer has been making domestic versions of the Space Lamps in their workshop for some time, but for this, Meijer wanted to supersize their sculptures to create a visually stunning piece that emphasises the space they inhabit.

The Dutch design studio crafted the installation by hand out of a lightweight but super-strong aluminium skeleton, then covered the frames with an industrial polyester fabric more commonly used in the aviation industry, before lighting them from within. The Space Frames are in fact a modular system and the individual elements can be easily taken apart and reconfigured, meaning the work can be sustainably re-used and creatively re-thought over and over again. This latest installation is the third configuration of the King’s Cross Space Frames by Studio Mieke Meijer.

This bespoke commission was made by Company Place from MDR Gallery for Kings Cross. If you fall in love with this installation, you can see the domestic versions of the lights currently on display at COS in Coal Drops Yard (until end of Feb) and they are available to buy from MDR Gallery.

The art installation will occupy Granary Square from Monday 13 January and is free to visit. You can download the images here.

Take a look at what other events are taking place at King’s Cross this season here.

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