As part of the first Lumiere London event, 30 leading artists will illuminate the Capital’s streets with light installations. The light festival, developed by creative producers Artichoke, will see artworks based in four major sites across the city.
This city-wide collection of magical installations will be brightening our streets (and, in turn, our January) for four days from Thursday January 14, and there are spectacular things in store. Lumiere festival lit up Durham for a fourth year in 2015 and some of its most impressive works have been adapted for its inaugural London edition.
Mischievous stick men will pose all over the buildings of Regent Street and a magnificent elephant hologram will march over Piccadilly. Trafalgar Square will host Centre point’s iconic neon signage for the weekend, as well as being invaded by a pack of neon dogs. A Mayfair phone box will become a glowing aquarium filled with live fish and a well-lit swimmer will dive into the King’s Cross Pond Club.
Artichoke, a creative trust which produces magical, large-scale events across the globe, are behind the project, and the likes of Julian Opie and Janet Echelman have created work for the nocturnal art trail. Neons, projections and performances are set to sparkle across central London providing relief from the winter blues and offering new ways to view the city.
The artworks for the London festival will be based in four main areas:
- King’s Cross
- Mayfair and Grosvenor Square
- Piccadilly, Regent Street, Leicester Square and St James’s
- Trafalgar Square and Westminster
The festival dates are 14th to 17th January 2016, so get down there!