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The Old Union Yard Arches is located on Union Street London SE1. This Network Rail site consists of 7 double height railway arches of circa 130m2, Arches No.22-27 are adjacent to southern end of Union Street and have operated to date with a variety of uses.

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7 double height railway arches

‘Arts, performance and Artisan food and drink at the heart of the Union Yard community’

Artist Rachel Wilberforce has been commissioned by Network Rail, in collaboration with Southwark Council and Better Bankside, to deliver a landmark feature public artwork for Southwark at Union Yard’s Old Union Arches’ viaduct.

Cyclorama takes its departure point from the theatrical and historical millinery bias in this particular area of London; specifically aspects of the ‘performative’, ‘spectacle’ and ‘stage’ – as well as ‘movement’ and ‘journey’ signified by the operational railway viaduct, as well as ‘union’ and ‘place’ as the name ‘Union Street’ refers.

The sculpture – Cyclorama, situated above the renowned Union Theatre, takes its name
from the theatrical term for a lit curved back wall or curtain often used to depict the
sky. The dynamic spiral sculpture is made of stainless steel, mirror polished on one side
and red spray painted on the underside with side-emitting fibre optic lighting at the
edges. Cyclorama’s highly mirrored surfaces, that change colour in varying light
conditions, work to reflect and juxtapose the historic materiality of its surrounding brick
façade, as well as the skyline of this vibrant intersection and its built environment.