Crossrail Paddington (with Will Alsop)

Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington


Brian Clarke designed a 140 metre long stained glass “light beam” in collaboration with architect Will Alsop and firm Alsop & Störmer as part of a proposal for the new CrossRail station at Paddington in London. The composition stretches the length of Eastbourne Terrace.

The function of the light beam is to take both natural and coloured light down onto the station platforms. Clarke's initial concept was for a skylight of clouds executed in his original technique of screenprinting on float glass. The final artwork for Clarke’s proposal used a carefully balanced combination of clear and coloured glass, and was designed to perceived in multiple ways: from within the mainline station, which runs parallel to the new rail link, the street would be viewed through both coloured and clear glass, and by day transmitted light would be projected onto the internal architecture of the building. From the CrossRail platform, by day, passengers would enjoy an open space vibrantly illuminated, their journesy to street level accompanied by the experience of transilluminated, coloured forms. When illuminated at night the composition would be highly visible from above, from the top of the bus, and from the air the length of Eastbourne Terrace would be highlighted by a band of colour.