Lumiere London 2016: See The City In A New Light
For the first time, a host of international artists will illuminate London with a programme of spectacular outdoor installations. Lumiere London is a free four-night festival of light which will transform iconic streets and buildings with 3D projections, interactive instillations and other extraordinary light shows in artwork displays across Regent Street, Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Mayfair, Westminster and Kings Cross.
Produced by arts charity Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, Lumiere London runs from the 14th to the 17th of January from 6:30 to 10:30pm. This is the perfect excuse to rediscover familiar sights in a new light.
Here are some highlights from the 30 piece strong display:
1.8 London by Janet Echelman (US)
This vast billowing aerial sculpture is 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.
Elephantastic by Catherine Garret/Top’lá Design (France)
Elephantastic is a striking elephant which emerges from a cloud of dust to make his journey through the archway on Air Street between Piccadilly and Regent Street, bringing the sounds of the jungle to central London.
Aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille (France)
A defunct red phone box is transformed into a living aquarium filled with goldfish. This incredible instillation is in Mayfair.
Luminéoles, Porté Par Le Vent (France)
Ebbing and flowing with music, these dreamlike figures will float along Piccadilly, creating stunning colourful shapes as they go.
Haven’t Changed my Mind in a Thousand Years by Beth J. Ross (UK)
Long forgotten 11th century proverbs discovered in a medieval manuscript are re-written in neon and exhibited on the Piccadilly Arcade.
Circus of Light by Ocubo.com, Portugal 2013
The Circus of Light is an enchanting animation across the Granary Building in King's Cross. It was especially commissioned for the festival from Portuguese studio Ocubo.
The full programme is available on the Lumiere website