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Tobias Rehberger Creates New Interactive Light Work at Gasholders Kings’ Cross

SEEN is very keen to see the major new interactive light work by the internationally acclaimed German sculptor, Tobias Rehberger. The work entitled Almost Everybody is installed in the atrium of Gasholders London, the residential jewel in the crown of King’s Cross’ historic, canalside location, developed by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP). Gasholders London, the design of Stirling- and Lubetkin- prize winner, Wilkinson Eyre, provides 145 distinctive apartments and penthouses, built within a refurbished triplet of 19th century, Grade II-listed, cast-iron gasholder guide frames.

Rehberger’s artwork consists of 41 handmade suspended glass lamps in five different colours, each a different drop shape, inspired by the varying handmade configurations of the gasholders’ restored original cast-iron frames.

The interactive lighting installation responds to the ebb and flow of residents and visitors who come in and out of Gasholders London, as an interpretation of the continual rhythmic movement of the gasholders as they rose and fell while delivering energy to the industrially thriving capital. In response, Rehberger’s lamps illuminate in different sequences according to the arrival and departure of each person.

The current commission to Tobias Rehberger is part of The Kings Cross Project, a three-year programme of major public art commissions for King’s Cross curated by Tamsin Dillon and Rebecca Heald. Commissions to date also include No.700 Reflectors, a 50-metre long outdoor work featuring 30,000 reflectors by Bangladeshi-British artist Rana Begum and Alepppo at King’s Cross, a monumental ‘wall sculpture’ by Tess Jarray for the Tapestry Building.

Speaking about the commission, Tobias Rehberger said: “I’ve always liked the idea of incorporating art projects in lobbies of residential or office buildings because the lobby is where you get the first impression of the inside of a building. What could be nicer than to be greeted by an artwork when you enter a building? So I took this thought as a starting point to create an art project that reacts to each visitor. People might not notice this reaction immediately, but when they do, I’m sure they will like the idea of the building acknowledging their arrival or departure with a subtle shift in the light – a little blink.”

Rachele Caltagirone, Senior Projects Director (Marketing) adds: “Gasholders London is one of Europe’s leading examples of residential re-use from a previously heavy-industry building. It is rooted in innovation and has always contributed to the community, as gasholders and now as apartments. Tobias Rehberger’s responsive light installation progresses these concepts. With Almost Everybody, Rehberger once again advances an essential everyday material into something surprising and experiential.”

Gasholders London
14-15 Stable Street
Kings Cross