The large flat regular space of the new plaza outside King’s Cross station has started to regain a little bit of the clutter that has defined it for the past hundred years.
Although this timeless about shops and tickets — than a huge lump of art.
A long term loan has been arranged with the Henry Moore Foundation for one of the artist’s rather more amorphous lumps to sit outside the station, which coincidentally happens to be where Londoners would depart if they were planning a visit to the artist’s Foundation in Hertfordshire or the Institute in Yorkshire.
Network Rail say they hope that having “Large Spindle Piece” outside the station will cause people to want to take the train to see more works by the same artist, which may be more than overly optimistic of them.
Art in public places also has to be practical — and this particular piece was chosen less for any artistic merit for the location than for the sheer impracticality of climbing onto it.
There were concerns that some of the more recognisable lumps, such as the reclining figures would be too tempting for people to despoil by clambering over them, rather than to admire from a respectful distance.
The size is also of practical note — it’s harder for metal thieves to steal it.