The Big Blue 2000
Situated in Canada Square, this was designed both as the 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.