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Seasonal Elements

31.10.2018

As late autumn beckons, here at Paddington Central we are embracing the seasonal changes with a closer look at Icosahedral Sky, our recent light art installation by London-based artist and designer Jason Bruges. Restorative and engaging, the artwork’s glowing field of domes provides the perfect tonic for people as they go about their everyday life in the new break-out spaces and coffee shop on the ground floor of 2 Kingdom Street.  


Icosahedral Sky by Jason Bruges Studio; images © British Land

Taking its name from the 20-sided shape which inspired the interior design of each suspended dome, Icosahedral Sky combines historical inspiration with modern technology to present viewers with a live interpretation of the outdoor conditions.


Icosahedral Sky by Jason Bruges Studio; images © British Land

Throughout history, painters, architects and designers have sought to create illusions of space and depth. One particular genre, embraced mainly in Italy during the 1600s, is named quadratura, a style in which artists, painting directly onto walls and ceilings, offered theatrical glimpses of imaginary skies and spaces beyond the building’s actual architecture. Influenced by such trompe-l’œil illusions, here the domes are suspended in an organic cluster within the double height lobby, inviting viewers to enjoy the same sense of unfolding space as was achieved by the 17th century quadratura artists. Furthermore, referencing the expansive panoramas offered by the great Venetian and Roman piazzas, Icosahedral Sky extends and elevates the space with a vibrant and dynamic flow of light and reflection.


Icosahedral Sky by Jason Bruges Studio; images © British Land

This theme is further amplified through the technology embedded within the artwork; passionate about introducing interaction in order to further engage people with the environment, Bruges has designed a system whereby the internal animations within the domes’ reflectors are driven by Paddington Central’s current prevailing weather conditions. This site-specific configuration enables the artist to create a live atmosphere of the open skies, cloud formations and enveloping natural climate surrounding the building.


Icosahedral Sky by Jason Bruges Studio; images © British Land

Bringing the outside inside, merging the lines between the two environments in order to generate an energising and immersive installation, Jason Bruges invites viewers to step inside in order to experience the outside glow of autumn from the space within. As the days draw in and the temperature begins to drop, why not take up the invitation – call by and witness Icosahedral Sky’s stunning light show for yourself? And let us know what you think using #paddingtoncentral on Twitter and Instagram.

About Jason Bruges Studio
Internationally recognised, Bruges blends art, architecture and technology to create site-specific installations. Supported by his multidisciplinary team, Bruges captures and translates data from the communities and places in which his artworks are located in order to deliver engaging and immersive environments. Find out more at jasonbruges.com.