Head into the city this weekend to see some of London’s most famous locations transformed by light installations for the Lumiere festival. Thirty locations have been illuminated around Piccadilly, Mayfair, King’s Cross, Trafalgar Square and Westminster.
Lumiere first started in Durham seven years ago, where it’s since returned every other year. “It’s been really successful in Durham, we’ve done four festivals there, the last one being in 2015. The mayor of London actually invited us to come and do a festival in London,” Sarah Coop, development director of organisers Artichoke, told London Live.
One of our favourites is by American artist Janet Echelman, who has suspended a billowing woven sculpture based on data captured from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The sculpture is constructed from thousands of feet of twine, and is named after one of the impacts of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011, when the earth’s rotation momentarily sped up and shortened that day by 1.8 microseconds. You can find this sculpture above London’s busy Oxford Circus junction.
Leicester Square has been transformed into a tropical paradise. French collective, TILT, have created a Garden of Light, featuring a collection of giant illuminated flowers and trees. Artists François Fouilhé and Jean-Baptiste Laude have created these dreamlike structures using recycled materials and highly technical production.
We hear there’s something fishy going on in Mayfair this weekend. Artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille have transformed this famous telephone box into an aquarium full of exotic fish. By doing so, the French duo invite us to dream of travel and escape from our everyday lives.
Ron Haselden has turned everyday sketches into sculptures of light in Grosvenor Sq. The piece was originally commissioned by Canary Wharf Arts and is based on drawings by school children from the Isle of Dogs, London. The work continues to grow as it travels around the country and more children are invited to add new drawings to the collection.