Another week another Christmas-Lights-Switching-On-Ceremony (by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christis). But this one at uber-hip The Kings Cross Filling Station (KXFS) was definitely the coolest on the block. Together with Vauxhall Motors, it commissioned set designer and illustrator Gary Card, to create an Electric Christmas tree lighting up Regents Canal as part of the Vauxhall Ampera Season. Card created a giant, electric tree made up of and powered by engine parts from the Ampera car! Card is famous for his sets and installations for the likes of Dover Street Market, Liberty, Topshop and Uniqlo while his work has appeared in Vice, POP, Garage, Another Man, Dazed & Confused, V Man and i-D Magazine. “When Vauxhall approached me to design a Christmas tree, my immediate response was create something mechanical,” he said, “I really wanted to create a Christmas tree I'd never seen before. I loved the idea of applying the almost alien cybernetic design of the Ampera engine, to the warm, familiar silhouette of the Christmas tree.” Electric Christmas is the last in a free series of events forming The Vauxhall Ampera Season, a six month programme of cultural events at the newly created KXFS, part of the 67-acre King’s Cross development programme delivering new homes, offices, shops and public spaces – not least the new impossible to book restaurant Shrimpy’s run by Pablo Flack to Bistrotheque. Designed by architects Carmody Groarke it’s based on a concept developed by Office of Change.
Vauxhall Ampera Season Presents Gary Card Electric Christmas
Until – 6th January 2013
The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, N1