Here are the first official images of the ambitious King’s Cross art installation for the 2014 festive season. Winter Sun offers visitors a free specially-built area under the Granary Square trees, encircled by twelve glowing ‘suns’. These simulate daybreak, approximate daylight, and bounce light back into the darker spaces, like moons.
Crucially, there’s also a bar in the middle serving local drinks, including Camden Lock-based gin Half Hitch, we were pleased to note) and warm snacks.
It looks lovely once darkness has fallen, although on our visit this weekend, the promised ‘hearth-like’ qualities of the piece were slightly overshadowed by the fact it was bloody freezing. We’re hardcore alfresco lovers, for sure, but the howling winds on Granary Square weren’t quite calmed by the installation. Perhaps some heaters, or log fires of suitably festive description could be incorporated?
Winter Sun follows last year’s nod to the 90s nightclub history of King’s Cross, the rave laser Xmas tree, in ensuring there’s fun to be had in the square once it’s too cold to jump in the fountains.