St. Pancras International is fast becoming one of London’s most iconic public art spaces and last week saw Lucy and Jorge Orta’s Cloud: Metéoros, two 2om wide magical nebulae float high above the Eurostar concourse. Set amid the glass-vaulted architecture of the listed Barlow Shed, Cloud: Metéoros resembles vast cumuli populated with travellers, a ‘magic carpet’ taking passengers on an imaginary journey in the skies.

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Meteoros is derived from ancient Greek, meaning raised from the ground, suspended, lofty or in the midst. Clouds have long been intercessors between reality and the imagination, between heaven and earth, lightness and gravity. They inhabit the skies of Renaissance fresco paintings, often depicted crowded with laymen and prophets, angels and deities. Throughout history, this celestial vault has been a site of conviviality, of learning and exchange.

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