The producer of Lumiere London, one of the UK’s biggest light festivals, has revealed ten of the pieces of artwork that will be appearing at the festival next year.
Some of the newly revealed works announced by Artichoke this week include interactive illuminated see-saws set to appear in South Molton street in Mayfair, an immersive work that imagines a world under water at King’s Cross, flamingos flying through Chinatown and a triptych of animated self portraits in Leake street, among others.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: “The incredible line-up of artworks announced gives a flavour of what an amazing and international festival Lumiere London 2018 will be. Even bigger, brighter and bolder than its inaugural event, we will see some show-stopping installations reimagining London’s iconic architecture and streets.
“I’m also delighted that this year we are organising community projects in outer London boroughs to ensure that as many people as possible can get involved with this world-class event. Festivals like this showcase London at its international, creative and open best.”
Commissioned by the Mayor of London, and produced by arts charity Artichoke, Lumiere London is a free to attend event, receiving support from London and Partners, London’s West End, King’s Cross and Bloomberg Philanthropies with additional support provided by a host of other partners and funders.
Following the success of the first Lumiere London in January 2016, which saw 1.3 million visits over the four nights and a visitor spend of £22 million, the nocturnal festival is designed to lift the spirits in the darkest days of winter and show the city in a new light. More than 40 artworks made using the medium of light, will explore the city’s most iconic buildings, landscape and architecture. The festival features artists from across the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Canada amongst others.
The second edition of Lumiere London extends from north to south across the River Thames through seven areas: King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, London’s West End, Westminster and Victoria, and Southbank and Waterloo.
The full programme will be revealed in January 2018.