Come and see central London transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works – all for free!
Over four winter evenings Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 January 2016, from 18:30 to 22:30, the biggest ever light festival to hit the capital will make the city shine with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary works – all free to visit!
Using the city as their canvas, more than 20 pioneering international artists will illuminate some of the city’s most iconic buildings and locations, to present a major outdoor showcase of creativity that underpins London's status as a world leading cultural destination.
Transforming London’s urban landscape and architecture from Leicester Square to Piccadilly, St James’s, Carnaby Street and Oxford Circus in London’s West End, to the German Gymnasium and Granary Square at King’s Cross, these dazzling illuminations will reveal some of the capital’s hidden secrets and bathe London in a completely new light!
The perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues, don’t miss this chance to start your 2016 in spectacular style.
Festival highlights revealed so far include:
- Garden of Light, TILT (France). TILT’s exotic garden of giant illuminated plants will bring tropical summer to dark January nights in Leicester Square, one of London’s premiere entertainment spots. Supported by Heart of London Business Alliance.
- 1.8 London, Janet Echelman (US), a vast billowing aerial sculpture constructed from thousands of feet of knotted twine and suspended at Oxford Circus. The sculpture is inspired by the 2011 Japanese Tsunami, which sped up the earth’s vibrations and temporarily shortened the length of the day by 1.8 micro-seconds. Powered by Atom.
- Shaida Walking 2015 by Julian Opie (UK), installed on Broadwick Street, opposite Carnaby Street. Supported by Shaftesbury PLC.
- Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino (France). A defunct red phone box in Mayfair becomes a living aquarium filled with goldfish. Supported by The Grosvenor Estate.
- Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne (France). Le Borgne’s larger than life human figures will appear like guardian angels on and around buildings in the St James’s area. In partnership with The Crown Estate.
- Joining the Dots, Clearly Connolly (Ireland/France), a projected artwork on the German Gymnasium in King’s Cross, based on perceptive psychology and developed with the contribution of local school students.
- BinaryWaves, LAb[au] (Belgium), has its roots in the cybernetic art of the 1960s. Transposing the electromagnetic waves that carry telecommunications into light, sound and motion across 40 undulating illuminated panels, the work responds to the everyday rhythms of the city.
- Circus of Light, Ocubu (Portugal). A magical animation across the breadth of the iconic Granary Building at King’s Cross, Circus of Light features local residents and passers-by.
- Litre of Light, Mick Stephenson, (UK). Working with students at Central St Martins, Mick Stephenson will create a structure resembling the shanty homes, which are illuminated using simple technology developed by My Shelter Foundation’s Litre of Light campaign. Supported by Veolia.
Main Plaza, Regent’s Place
- Platonic Spin, Nathaniel Rackowe (UK). Uniting the two Lumiere London hubs, Platonic Spin strings together interlocking rectangles of glowing wire to form the outside of a dodecahedron, one of the fundamental three-dimensional building blocks of the universe. Split into rectangles, each one lights in turn, creating a sense of movement and shifting composition, which gains in speed and momentum until it appears to be one single form moving in space before all the planes are revealed simultaneously. Supported by British Land and Regent’s Place.
Artichoke are working with Team London, the Mayor’s volunteering programme for London, to recruit over 200 volunteers from across the capital to help make the festival a success. From sharing knowledge of the city and recommending places to eat and drink, to helping audiences discover more about the art works, sign up here.
In advance of Lumiere London, during December, Londoners and visitors to the capital will get a taster of what is to come. King’s Cross has commissioned Creatmosphere (UK) to make Let it Snow, an installation made in collaboration with Hello Wood using 365 wooden sledges.
The full Lumiere London programme will be revealed in January. See a preview of the wonders that await.
Lumiere London is produced by Artichoke with the support of the Mayor of London.
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