Jacques Rival

Identified Flying Object   


IFO ('Identified flying Object) by Jacques Rival, a monumental birdcage launched at the northern end of King’s Boulevard at Kings Cross Central

IFO (‘Identified flying Object) photo John Sturrock

IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT reflects the transience of King’s Cross and the rapid changes it is undergoing. During the day, IFO acts as a framing device for the daily theatre of the street. At night, it becomes a luminous spectrum re-emitting the energy it has accumulated during the day.


On selected nights, IFO  takes off and dramatically hangs from the cranes constructing the new King’s Cross. During these nocturnal ascensions, the cage reveals its bottomless structure releasing past memories and signalling the next phase of construction.



Kings Cross Central

Kings Cross Central