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Artwork at Liverpool Street

Western Ticket Hall: ‘Manifold (Major Third) 5:4’ by Conrad Shawcross, 2016

For the public space outside the new Liverpool Street western ticket hall at Moorgate, British sculptor Conrad Shawcross has drawn on his interest of harmonics and the mathematics of music to create ‘Manifold (Major Third 5:4)’. The vast bronze sculpture, due to be installed in 2023 outside the western ticket hall entrance at Moorgate, renders sound as an image by giving three-dimensional form to the third cord in the harmonic spectrum, also known as the ‘major third’.

“It is a picture of a chord falling into silence. It begins its life as this feverish spinning whirlwind and when it gets slower, it gets fatter as the energy in the system dissipates down into the stem which peacefully goes into the ground."
- Conrad Shawcross

Conrad Shawcross - Liverpool Street

The origins of the form were created by using a bespoke pendulum-driven machine based on a Victorian harmonograph, which had been originally developed to analyse the vibrations in buildings when the very first Victorian tube tunnels in London were constructed.

The harmonograph inadvertently led to the birth of synaesthesia, through the production of exquisite harmonic visualisations when the pendulums were set to specific lengths. This sculpture attempts to realise the Major Third (5:4), from its energetic beginning until it fades to silence in the ground.

"It doesn’t have to be seen as a musical chord – people may see it as an tornado or a diagram of the wind, but I don’t want it to be seen as in any way arbitrary. All the modelling is very constrained and specific to particular thing and I hope that this comes across in its rigour.”
- Conrad Shawcross

Sponsor: Landsec & City of London Corporation

Gallery partner: Victoria Miro

Eastern Ticket Hall: ’Infinite Accumulation’ by Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created an installation for the public space outside the new Liverpool Street station eastern ticket hall at Broadgate. ‘Infinite Accumulation’ features four mirrored steel sculptures, each up to 12 metres wide and 10 metres tall.

Kusama is best known for her use of massed repetitive polka dots which first emerged in her work in the 1950s. Here, the dot is expanded into linked forms that interact with and define the public spaces outside the station. Configured into four separate sequences, the gleaming silver orbs hover above the ground and are highly polished to reflect everything around them, The positioning of the orbs and the undulating tubular rods which connects them have been conceived to guide passengers to and from the public spaces outside the eastern ticket hall.

“The moon, the sun, each and every star, my life, your life: they are all a single polka dot among billions."
- Yayoi Kusama

’Infinite Accumilation’ by Yayoi Kusama

The work has been designed in response to the architecture of the new station entrance and landscaping, encouraging people to look up and respond to the urban environment in a new way.

“London is a massive metropolis with people of all cultures moving constantly. These spheres symbolise unique personalities while the supporting curvilinear lines allow us to imagine an underpinning social structure.”
- Yayoi Kusama

Sponsor: British Land & the City of London Corporation

Gallery partner: Victoria Miro