Saturday, December 10, 2011

KX Xmas

King’s Cross - where even the corporate Christmas decorations are quirky

What do a huge property developer and two of the world’s largest children’s toy and entertainment brands have in common? They’re all responsible for some interesting displays at King’s Cross this Christmas.

At the top of King’s Boulevard, in the middle of the 67-acre King’s Cross development, a 9m high birdcage arrived in mid-November to mark the start of RELAY which is billed as King’s Cross’ first dedicated art programme. Although the promise that it will be suspended from nearby cranes has yet to materialise, it looks lovely, particularly since being joined by a Christmas tree the other side of the road.

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Meanwhile down at St Pancras, pupils from Edith Neville Primary School in Camden, Copenhagen Primary School in Islington and the Harpenden Explorer Scout troop were hard at work creating the centrepiece of St Pancras’ Christmas display - a 12m high tree made from over 600,000 pieces of Lego.

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A couple of weeks later another labour-intensive exhibit turns up further down the St Pancras concourse, this time an origami model of the Disney Sleeping Beauty castle made entirely from Disney brochures to celebrate 20 years of Disneyland Paris.

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A fine effort from everyone involved in these projects. Hope we have more like this next year!

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