Sheila Hicks transforms Coal Drops Yard “Woven Wonders” installation

A new monumental outdoor site-specific installation by Nebraska-born artist Sheila Hicks was unveiled at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross.

Responding to the carefully restored Victorian architecture by British architect Thomas Heatherwick’s studio, and the space joining two buildings, Sheila Hicks presents a vibrant, floating piece which transforms Coal Drops Yard into an intertwined environment of moving forms. In this new poetic piece, soft materials have been repurposed to take on a new life. Hicks’ nod to the textile industry of the Victorian era connects the site’s past with the present, the artist installing ribbons of colored fabrics across the historical building.

Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield, comments: “I’m delighted that Sheila Hicks’ spectacular commission for Coal Drops Yard is coinciding with her major survey exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield. The two projects offer an insight into the enormous breadth of Hicks’ work: from the intimate and monumental gallery-based works that respond to architectural space at The Hepworth, to a public commission in Kings Cross which captures Hicks’ profound sensitivity to the spaces we encounter and inhabit in our daily lives. Hicks’ work finds a particularly rich context in Kings Cross alongside works by many other international artists who have created works in direct response to the evolving landscape of Kings Cross.”

Sheila Hicks was born in 1934 in Hastings, Nebraska and has resided in Paris since 1964. During a Fulbright scholarship in 1957-58 to paint in Chile, she deepened her interest in experimenting with fibers and later founded workshops in South Africa, and worked in Germany, Morocco, India, Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Hicks’ work has shown in the Venice Biennale, Italy (2017), Sydney Biennial, Australia (2016), Whitney Biennial, New York (2014), São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2012). Recent solo museum exhibitions include “Off Grid”, The Hepworth, Wakefield (current), Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas and The Bass Museum, Miami (2019), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018).