Here are some of the top exhibits you can see as part of the free light festival, Lumiere London, which takes place over four nights.
This free outdoor festival, with more than 50 installations by international and local artists, returns to the capital (18–21 January 2018), and this year includes exhibits both north and south of the river. Brighten up the cold winter evenings by checking out some these illuminating art works.
Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA
Lewis Cubitt Park
Entre les Rangs (literally translated as Between the Rows) is a veritable field of lights made from illuminated flower-like reflectors. Head over to Lewis Cubitt Park and check out this temporary spectacle by collaborating Canadian artists.
Droplets by Ulf Pedersen
Animated droplets seem to hover above the water, each toned to a different note… So, basically, the installation’s a bit musical, but apparently not very tuneful. It looks enchanting, though, so check it out.
Aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille
French artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille have transformed a traditional, red telephone box into an aquarium (well, no one uses them for anything else, do they?). You’ll find this exotic fish-filled art work on Earlham Street at Seven Dials (we hope the pun was intended).
Impulse by Lateral Office and CS Design
South Molton Street
It’s simple: seesaws that are also great big lights. And everyone knows that art-meets-playpark installations, such as Impulse, are designed to let adults muck around as though they’re kids once again… It would be weird for grownups to play in actual playparks, so that’s why people make art.
The Light of the Spirit (Chapter 2) by Patrice Warrener
Digital artist Patrice Warrener brings the Westminster Abbey’s Great West Gate to life with his colourful projection. See the building’s statuettes of 20th-century martyrs transformed into a spectacular, chromatic extravaganza.
Bough 1 by Simon Corder
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf
Vividly-coloured fluorescent tubes appear to sprout from the façade of Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf. It’s not a weird, inorganic virus attacking the capital’s buildings, it’s in fact a art work by London-based designer Simon Corder.
For more, visit visitlondon.com/lumiere