Interactive art gallery at St Pancras

Now you can decorate walls with art
The Station Masters interactive system at St Pancras International
Savour fine art while waiting for your Eurostar train using the constantly-changing "interactive" wall at St Pancras International
The treasures of the National Gallery have become a novel form of constantly-changing "interactive" wall decoration between the mellow old brick archways that run along the Eastern wall of the departure lounge of St Pancras International station.

Savour fine art while waiting for your Eurostar train, using the world's first interactive Station Masters digital art gallery.

Simply take a sofa-style seat at one of six tailor-made, touch-screen coffee tables, and choose a painting from a database of 100 masterpieces from the National Gallery's collection of Western European painting, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Titian, Holbein, Caravaggio, Constable, Van Gogh and Monet.

Your chosen image will be displayed on one of six free-standing plasma screens, forming a constantly evolving art gallery for fellow travellers.

Here's a beautiful idea that could be adapted for waiting rooms all over the capital; enlivening, perhaps, hospitals in particular. With special furniture/software, this concept might even arrive in our homes.

You can even "zoom in" on a chosen picture to discover hidden details and artistic secrets often impossible to see clearly in the gallery. Looking, for example, at The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck (1434), you can zoom in on the tiny circular mirror on the far wall to find a remarkable reflected scene behind the artist's viewpoint.

Featured paintings include celebrated National Gallery masterpieces such as ‘The Rokeby Venus' by Velázquez and 'Whistlejacket' by George Stubbs. They are arranged under eight headings or themes: Love, Identity, Light, Celebration, Discovery, Passion, Peace and Time.

As a final touch, send an e-card of a favourite painting to friends or relatives with a short message before departure.

For more information, visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk.

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