Alexandre da Cunha: Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, Battersea Power Station
New Works for the Northern Line
Published by Kerber.
Text by Lisa Blackmore, Gillian Darley, Eleanor Pinfield, Rebecca Watson.
New public works adorning two recently opened stations on the London Underground
To mark one year from opening the new station, Art on the Underground launches a new publication on the work of Alexandre da Cunha at Battersea Power Station in London. Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset is a monumental kinetic sculpture for the Underground station. Stretching 311 feet and 197 feet in length, the artwork incorporates two friezes that face each other along the length of the ticket hall. The artwork was inspired by the former control room at Battersea Power Station and its system of vertical bars that regulated the production and output of electricity into the city. Combining this with resonances of the daily flow of dawn to dusk, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset refers to cycles, routine, the everyday and eternity.
Designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio, the book features essays from art historian Lisa Blackmore exploring the artist’s practice, a geographical and social history of the local area from architecture and design writer Gillian Darley, an essay on commissioning the work by Eleanor Pinfield and a creative prose work from experimental writer Rebecca Watson.