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Platform 5

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Spatial Design / Installations / 2011

Platform 5 is a 144m long and 3m tall glass light wall in an underground train station in Sunderland. Shadows of passengers seem to be visible through the glass, like ghosts waiting for their own train. Orchestrated by passing trains, characters appear gradually and a crowd gathers, waiting for a train to arrive. Each time a train arrives and leaves, some of the characters appear to board. Each character has its own behaviour; ones that are friends often stand together in conversation, others are anti-social and stand away from the crowd, one or two bring their dogs, a few have musical instruments and some read newspapers. We thank the 35 local volunteers who were filmed as if waiting for a train; their movements were digitally deconstructed and reassembled to create the animated characters that appear on the light wall.

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