In the famous song “Leap Year” there are words that there is nothing more beautiful than “sitting on a cloud and hanging legs down, call each other by name.” It seems that the installation of Clouds and Meteors, not so long ago installed at the St. Pancras railway station in London, is a real flight of imagination to sky-high distances, heavenly gatherings and talk about nothing.
The air installation was a real explosion of emotions at an unremarkable station: snow-white clouds instantly transformed the gray walls. Clouds and Meteors is the work of British sculptors Lucy and Jorge Horta. Almost a million travelers visit the station weekly, from now on they have one more significant reason to cheer themselves up on the road.
Designers are sure that romantic sculptures will help people to escape from their problems for a moment. It is no coincidence that such diverse concepts as meteorites and clouds are combined in one project. The creators of the installation explain that the word “meteor” itself has an ancient Greek origin, and its etymology goes back to the designation of what has risen from earth to heaven. Clouds, in turn, are also traditionally perceived as “intermediaries” between reality and fantasy, between heaven and earth (remember at least the winged expression “soar in the clouds”). Lucy and Jorge Horta admit that when creating their masterpiece, they drew inspiration from Renaissance frescoes, on which clouds play a paramount role, uniting the laity and the prophets, angels and gods.