Inspired by the movement, activity and industrial heritage of Wood Street Station, ‘Velocity’ presents an abstraction of the visual aberrations created by objects travelling at relative speeds. Composed of an array of dual-plane, vertical ‘elements’ the piece creates two distinct images to views to both the north and the south. Fabricated from a prismatic, retroreflective vinyl aluminium composite, the work brightens the site by utilising the abundant lighting from cars and bicycles as well as the existing lighting found on site.

Located within the pedestrian area close to Wood Street Station ‘Velocity' is an impactful and dynamic artwork inspired by the site as a place of transition and movement, as well as its industrial heritage as the former location of a locomotive engine shed. Drawing on notions of temporality, the artwork presents an abstraction of the visual aberrations created by objects travelling at relative speeds distinct to one another. Applied to the surface the of abutment walls of the bridge directly beneath the railway lines, the digitalised pattern references the otherwise unseen activity above, a visual interpretation of the vibrations generated when a train passes ahead. 

Installed out of reach at high-level, each element is fixed with an individual rail-brackets allowing for ease of install and removal for bridge inspection purposes. With general cleaning and remedial work to the brick walls and vegetation, and replacement housing to the existing light fixture, the proposal will enhance the identity of the site, transforming it into an iconic gateway to the local area. The end result is a striking installation that references both the different velocities of the site, as well as its history and modernity.

 

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Unit Studio is a collective of London and Glasgow-based interdisciplinary artists creating innovative environments and installations that explore the crossover between site-specific art, architecture and interaction design. Passionate about creating stronger connections between people and place our work tends to be ‘active’, creating both digital and analogue overlays to the physical realm.

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