Commissioned by Art Contact on behalf of Urbanest, building T6, Kings Cross Central. 2013.
The redevelopment of the former Kings Cross Goods Yard, now known as Kings Cross Central, owes much of its appeal to the proud industrial heritage which formed it. This graphic sculpture visually references the heavy engineering used in the area’s industrial past, it’s form suggestive of two large and redundant cogged wheels. The granite element symbolises the robust building materials used in the old Goods Yard, where commodities were moved about by rail and cart. The more technologically challenging blue resin element hints both at the Regents Canal and the important part it played in the transport of goods, but also the aspirational state of the art future being built at Kings Cross Central.
The simple graphic form of the sculpture can be seen as a stylised letter X, but also articulates the unity between two separate yet co-dependant bodies: a balance of essential opposites and a celebration of progress across the generations.
"A regeneration and evolution of a public space is a celebration of it’s future and an appreciation of it’s past. Simon flawlessly incorporated these qualities in a triumphant piece of sculpture, commissioned on behalf of Urbanest at KCC. Art Contact worked closely with Simon through all stages of the development, from the initial concept to installation. He is a master of his craft and a true expert. Simon’s knowledge and his executing of our brief made the project run seamlessly. His knowledge of Public Art Sculpture and usage of the materials used for ‘Unity in granite and resin demonstrated the intrinsic understanding and the genuine passion he has for his art, while his professionalism make him a joy to work with. Our client was delighted with the end result." - Virginia Grub, Director, Art Contact Ltd