On Friday 25 August, a vast red curtain measuring some 14.4 metres across by nine metres high was draped in front of Rose of Kingston theatre – the first sign of completion work at the theatre getting underway. The dramatic art installation is called K2, by leading artist Liz Rideal.
K2 shows the artist’s hands about to draw back a curtain and has been created by enlarging tiny composite images taken in a photo booth. The drape itself is a ‘Scanachrome’ – a digital print on a plasticized tarpaulin. K2 is part of Liz Rideal’s series ‘Behind the Curtain’, which links the concepts of theatre, performance and visual arts.
Liz Rideal explains: “The red curtain conceals the theatre as it transforms, and I hope K2 will tantalise people to imagine what is happening behind the scaffolding and curtain, before Rose of Kingston is revealed next year”
The idea of bringing K2 to Kingston came from broadcaster David Jacobs CBE, Chairman of Kingston Theatre Trust and High Steward of Kingston. “I was impressed by K2’s predecessor Kerfuffle, which looked splendid at BBC Broadcasting House during its redevelopment in 2004, and thought it would be ideal for our new Kingston theatre,” he says.
Photos: 'K2' is lowered in to place: