Rasheed Araeen, Rhapsody in Four Colours, 2018


Photograph: Edmund Sumner

Photograph: Edmund Sumner

Architectural elevation and one of Rasheed Araeen's drawings, annotated

Powder coating at Hastings Paint and Powder Finishers

At Hastings Paint and Powder Finishers

Installation. Photograph: Rebecca Heald

Installation. Photograph: Rebecca Heald

Photograph: Edmund Sumner

Photograph: Edmund Sumner


Photograph: Edmund Sumner

Photograph: Edmund Sumner

Architectural elevation and one of Rasheed Araeen's drawings, annotated

Powder coating at Hastings Paint and Powder Finishers

At Hastings Paint and Powder Finishers

Installation. Photograph: Rebecca Heald

Installation. Photograph: Rebecca Heald

Photograph: Edmund Sumner

Photograph: Edmund Sumner


The Aga Khan Development Network invited my colleague Tamsin Dillon and I to commission an artwork for the new Aga Khan Centre at King’s Cross.

We ran a selection process that resulted in the appointment of Rasheed Araeen.

Rasheed devised a 35-metre high sculpture that fills the building’s atrium wall and that celebrates the connection between twentieth century geometric abstraction and the achievements of Islamic Civilisation. Architect Gary Kamemoto of Maki and Associates who designed the building said he could not imagine a more befitting artwork for the space.