The Christmas season is now a distant memory, yet London will be illuminated once more between Thursday 18th January to Sunday 21st January as Lumiere London returns for another year. 51 glowing artworks by leading UK and international artists will be installed across the city and will light up each night between 5.30pm and 11pm.
The vision of the artists are designed to change the way we think and feel about public spaces. This will be the second year anniversary of the free outdoor light festival which highlights the capitals iconic architecture and streets.
We love the element of surprise so will be looking forward to spotting the illuminations popping up around our city. If you like to plan ahead you can download the Lumiere map which will give a better idea of where the light installations are located. It’s highly recommended to head out on the Thursday evening due to last year attracting an estimated 1.3 million visits over the four nights.
See below a sneak peak at what you will find amongst this years installations.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, transforms Granary Square into an ethereal dream-like landscape, an immersive installation inspired by our changing relationship to water, the risk we all face if immediate action is not taken to tackle global warming and rising sea levels. It also explores how we can use water in positive ways such as to generate electricity. This ‘virtual flood’ is definitely not one to be missed!
Designed by the Danish company, The Wave consists of 40 triangular, interactive, luminous gates. The installation responds to movement sonically and visually allowing you to co-create the artistic experience.
Winner of Lumiere Durham 2015 BRILLIANT Robyn Wright has installed a selection of neon bikes to celebrate Londons love of cycling and encourage us to reflect on the simple and sustainable form that plays a daily part in us getting around.
Designed by French digital artist Patrice Warrener, The Light of the Spirit (Chapter 2), at Westminster Abbey returns after being one of the most popular installations during Lumiere London 2016. Lighting up Westminster Abbey and highlighting the spectacular architecture that may go unnoticed on any other normal day. Don’t miss this colourful kaleidoscopic sight!
See if you can find The Umbrella Project, Cirque Bijou’s choreographed performance piece starring members of the local community equipped with LED umbrellas, popping-up when you least expect it around the Lumiere locations.
| Thu 18th – Sun 21st Jan
| Lights on 5.30pm – 11.30pm each night
| Kings Cross, Fitzrovia, Mayfair, London’s West End, Westminster & Victoria, Southbank & Waterloo
| Website: Lumiere London
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