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The Big Blue

Ron Arad
Glass fibre

London E14 5AQ
Tube Canary Wharf

Sponsors Canary Wharf Group PLC

Situated in Canada Square, this was designed both as skylight of the shopping mall below and as a sculptural image above ground, especially when the blue lights around it reflect off the curved under-surface. Many of the locals refer to it as the "Flying Saucer". The Big Blue is a huge, asymmetric glass fibre object which rests on a ring of structural glazing, making it appear as if it were floating above the ground. Its bold sci-fi looks are typical of the vitality Arad brings to all his commissions and exemplifies the way in which he has made the avant-garde accessible.

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