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Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, Alexandre da Cunha Photographer: GG Archard (www.ggarchard.com)

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  • 20 September 2021


  • RCA

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  • 1 minute

The monumental kinetic sculpture commissioned by Art on the Underground reflects on passengers' daily cycles using an outdated advertising mechanism – the rotating billboard. Inspired by the old control room at Battersea Power Station and its system of vertical bars that regulated the output of electricity into the city, Alexandre has created two friezes facing each other along the length of the ticket hall.

The friezes will consist of three faces of a different colour, fading from one colour to another over their nearly 100m length. The colours have been extracted from photos of London sunsets and sunrises. Throughout the course of the day, the panels will rotate to show different combinations of colours into the ticket hall.

The work's title refers to the three faces of the vertical panels, their rotation and repetition. With over 3,500 individual panels, ‘Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset’ will create a cyclically changing environment within the station each day.


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