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Sarah Sze Metronome 2023/ photo Thierry Bal

Transforms Victorian waiting room in Peckham with new large-scale installation

Acclaimed New York-based artist Sarah Sze has transformed a disused Victorian waiting room at Peckham Rye train station in South London with a new site-specific sculptural work, Metronome. Co-commissioned by Artangel, the exhibition, titled The Waiting Room, opens on Friday 19 May 2023, taking over a large, vaulted space above the main ticket office that has been boarded up for sixty years. The exhibition is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Arch Company.

Metronome is a dense matrix of thin stainless-steel tubing. An atmospheric construction of cascading lines emerges from the centre of the vaulted waiting room to create a mesmerising model of a fragile world. A multitude of flickering videos illuminate the structure and swirl around the space, conveying the velocity and volatility of living in the age of the smartphone. The writer Zadie Smith recently compared the experience of Sze’s installations as like being in an opened-up iPhone, with the technology taken apart and the image bank it stores exploded into three-dimensional space. Local and global, the momentous and the incidental are held in a precarious equilibrium.

James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Associate Directors of Artangel, said: “Sarah Sze creates dynamic sculptural environments that somehow account for the vertiginous experience of living on our fragile planet.  We’re delighted Artangel is premiering what promises to be an extraordinary new work in London.

Sarah Sze The Waiting Room: 19 May – 17 September 2023

The Waiting Room, Peckham Rye Station London SE15 4RX


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