Permanent Installation

IFO (Identified Flying Object)

Jacques Rival (France)


A permanent glowing object, challenging our perception of the everyday. 

Discover a giant birdcage in Battle Bridge Place, King’s Cross. Jacques Rival’s spectacular installation IFO (Identified Flying Object) stands at 9m (29ft) in height and, magnificently lit in neon, it invites us to walk through its bars and enjoy the swing that’s in its centre.

This unusual object is a permanent piece in the King’s Cross area and was part of the Lumiere London programme in 2016 and 2018. Designed to be a scenographic installation for an urban playing field, but also a true light installation expressing an urban message, it’s found its place at the crossroads of King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations.

Jacques Rival is a French artist and architect who uses different design tools to create surprising urban installations. The purpose of his work is to encourage the public to explore unknown areas and enrich everyday life by adding a hint of the unexpected.

This installation is a permanent public artwork, so you’ll still be able to see it even though Lumiere London 2018 has ended.


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