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Jacques Rival launches flying artwork in King's Cross

French architect Jacques Rival has completed this glowing birdcage-shaped sculpture as part of the King’s Cross art programme

The 9m-tall Identified Flying Object (IFO) will be lifted into the night’s sky once a month for the next two years.  

During the day it will travel to different locations in the Kings Cross area, ‘inviting visitors to venture inside the bars to use the swing hanging from its centre’.

The artwork will also be used to host performances, seminars and as a hospitality venue.

The work is the first installation for RELAY, an art programme created for the King’s Cross redevelopment. Michael Pinsky and Stephanie Delcroix were selected to curate the first three years of the nine year programme which intends to ‘transform Kings Cross into an international contemporary art destination’.

Anna Strongman, spokesperson for King’s Cross Central, said, ‘It’s great to have such an exciting piece of art created especially for King’s Cross. King’s Cross has always been of interest to artists and that is something we want to build on in the future with projects like this’.


  • Photography by Sturrock & Ball

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