LONDON.- Creative producers Artichoke have revealed the extraordinary scale of Londons first Lumiere light festival, 14th-17th January 2016.
More than 20 pioneering international artists have been commissioned to transform buildings and streets of the capital for the first Lumiere London festival, a ground-breaking free event that will take place over four winter evenings.
Designed to chase away the January blues and show the city in a new light, this major new festival will feature installations for some of the citys most iconic buildings and locations on a grand scale. Lumiere London will explore Londons urban landscape and architecture from Leicester Square to Piccadilly, St Jamess, Carnaby Street and Oxford Circus in Londons West End, to the German Gymnasium and Granary Square at Kings Cross.
Aimed at Londoners and visitors to the capital at what is traditionally one of the quietest times of the year Lumiere London will invite people to explore and rediscover the city and all its attractions.
Using the city as their canvas, commissioned artists from across the world will create a major outdoor showcase of artworks made from light that will underpin London's status as a cultural destination.
Lumiere London is produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London and VisitLondon.com, with founding support from Atom Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Heart of London Business Alliance and Kings Cross, and additional support from a raft of partners and sponsors, including Westminster City Council.
Festival highlights revealed so far include:
Garden of Light, TILT (France). TILTs exotic garden of giant illuminated plants will bring tropical summer to dark January nights in Leicester Square, one of Londons premiere entertainment spots. In partnership with 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 earths 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 in 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 Borgnes larger than life human figures will appear like guardian angels on and around buildings in the St Jamess area. In partnership with The Crown Estate.
Joining the Dots, Clearly Connolly (Ireland/France), a projected artwork on the German Gymnasium in Kings 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 Kings Cross, Circus of Light features local residents and passers-by.
Litre of Light, Mick Stephenson, (UK). Working with students at Central Saint Martins, Mick Stephenson will create a structure resembling the shanty homes that are illuminated using simple technology developed by MyShelter Foundations Litre of Light campaign. Supported by Veolia.
Main Plaza, Regents Place
Spin, Nathaniel Rackowe (UK). Uniting the two Lumiere London hubs, 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 Regents Place.