King’s Cross will unveil a major public sculpture by Eva Rothschild in Lewis Cubitt Park on 7 April 2020. My World and Your World will be the artist’s first permanent commission in London. The sculpture will actively encourage interaction, making it a pertinent addition to the landscape of King’s Cross which, through The King’s Cross Project, has become known for playful and immersive installations in a variety of new public spaces created as part of the N1C development.
The 16m-high steel sculpture is linear in form and resembles an inverted tree or lightning bolt. Descending from a single point, the structure splits and diverges into branches which sink into the ground. Referencing the natural world, it is at once strong and fragile, and its porosity will enable viewers to move in and around the work. It is painted in stripes using Rothschild’s distinctive palette of black, purple, pink, orange, green and red. The stripes confuse the eye, seeming to split the solid structure into a multiplicity of parts. Described by the artist as a ‘social sculpture’, the work creates a new meeting place, somewhere to picnic, play and relax.
The King’s Cross Project is a successful three-year programme of public art commissions for the buildings and public spaces of King’s Cross. Curated by Rebecca Heald with Tamsin Dillon, the programme has championed female artists and popular works in the series have included No.700 Reflectors by Rana Begum, Zanzibar by Céline Condorelli and the installation Semaphores by Amalia Pica, currently on display. My World and Your World will constitute the Project finale.
Rebecca Heald, Curator of The King’s Cross Project has said:
‘The King’s Cross Project has consistently commissioned leading female artists to make pioneering artworks for this evolving part of London. My World and Your World is an important artwork for the city. It is a generous invitation for people to come and experience public space in a new way.’
Anthea Harries, Head of Assets for the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) has said:
‘Eva’s sculpture will really enliven and enhance the park and we are excited to work with her on this installation. We’re proud to have partnered with such brilliant artists throughout The King’s Cross Project and it is fitting that this final piece of the series is permanent, creating a legacy for years to come.’
Eva Rothschild has said:
‘We lie down beneath the tangle of steel branches and the city belongs to us. The sculpture allows us to carve out this new space for ourselves. We don’t just look, we are active within it.’