3 March 2015

Experience HALFLIFE, the light installation within the new King's Cross foot tunnel‏

From Friday 6th March commuters and pedestrians using the new King’s Cross foot tunnel will be greeted by, HALFLIFE, an immersive, durational light installation created by award winning design practice Speirs + Major.

HALFLIFE is available to view daily from 6th March 2015, 06:30 to 20:30

 Location: Pedestrian Tunnel, 1 Pancras Square, King's Boulevard, King's Cross, London

Delivered in association with the King’s Cross Central Partnership , HALFLIFE is a site-specific work using the medium of light to synthesize a digital journey through light and colour.

HALFLIFE is built upon a construct of digital, ordered cycles building from light to dark and beginning with bold, dramatic steps gradually becoming calmer until they dissolve ghost like - leaving just a trace of the light that has been - before the sequence resets itself to reveal an altogether new cycle.

Within the tunnel’s 90m-glazed wall are concealed 180 sources that work together to create a rich palette of animated colour. Each of the sources consists of five individual elements: red, green and blue light, complemented by warm and cool white. These then are carefully blended together to create a wide variety of hues, tones and saturations.

 Whilst, the juxtapositions of light and dark, order and chaos, past and present, peaceful and energetic are possible to observe in one viewing, the gradual evolution of hue and saturation are only recognisable across the piece’s entire duration, creating a new experience on each journey and even each footstep.

 Keith Bradshaw, Principal at Speirs + Major said: ‘We have designed HALFLIFE so that no two moments in the tunnel will be experienced the same. Each visitor will have their own perception of time and distance, immersed in light, dark and colour’.
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