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Lumiere London

January 9th, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

Lumiere London

With the Coca-Cola London Eye, Southbank Centre and a host of theatres, London’s South Bank and Waterloo are the ideal destinations to soak up the city’s sights and exciting cultural scene.

This area is very well connected with many stations within a short walk, so take your pick from Waterloo (Tube and rail), Southwark (Tube), Blackfriars (Tube and rail) and London Bridge (Tube and rail).

Once you’ve seen all the Lumiere London installations here, cross Waterloo Bridge to discover more in London's West End, or use Westminster Bridge to explore the festival locations in Westminster & Victoria.

Here, we take you through South Bank and Waterloo's installations and hope to encourage you to come and be inspired by this magical experience - guaranteed to brighten up your January!

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  • Ruby, Santiago and Adam: Grey Matters

    Discover a triptych in Leake Street by multidisciplinary artist Emma Allen (UK), who uses faces as living canvasses to tell stories.

    Through 750 photographs, Ruby sees Allen's painted face transform from a skull into a sky full of shooting stars; while Santiago traces the history of humankind mapped out from its single cell origin to a digitally defined future.

    Adam: Grey Matters is a new piece looking at depression. Collaborating with neuroscientist Daisy Thompson-Lake under the project title Grey Matters, they seek to reduce the stigma accompanying mental health issues by illustrating the underlying neurobiological processes.

    For more information, click HERE. 


  • Eye Love London

    See The Coca-Cola London Eye light up the South Bank with a striking dynamic display, custom-designed for Lumiere London, called Eye Love London.

    The iconic structure, located on the banks of the river Thames, has been among the UK’s top visitor attractions for more than a decade.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Light on Their Feet

    Enjoy a beautiful site-specific collaboration between artist David Ward (UK) and the Rambert Dance Company, with Light on Their Feet: Footfalls for Rambert, a work that exists outside of the Rambert buildingUpper Ground, revealing the activity within.

    By photographing the soles of the dancers’ feet, Ward has made a series of images that fade slowly into visibility and then out again, each foot disclosing a different relationship to the surface beneath.

    Ward’s work includes painting, photography, light, sound, dance and performance. The former artist in residence at King’s College, Cambridge, Harvard University and Durham Cathedral has collaborated with numerous choreographers, composers, architects and other artists in both permanent and temporary public commissions. His new work for Lumiere London is a development of a work commissioned by King’s College Cambridge in 2016.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Bough 1

    Admire the vivid tubes of fluorescent light that grow up the facade of BargehouseOxo Tower Wharf, climbing like ivy up the wall. Bough 1 is the first in a series of projects by Simon Corder (UK), also installed in Glasgow, and in Mayfair for Lumiere London 2018.

    Corder is a London-based designer. His practice embraces lighting for performance, set and production design, light-art, zoo design, event production, lighting for exhibitions, and photography.

    Oxo Tower Wharf is home to co-operative housing, design studios, shops and galleries, restaurants and bars. Oxo Tower Wharf is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Bottle Festoon

    Bottle Festoon is an installation of chandeliers made from recycled plastic bottles, with the participation of community groups from the London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, also supported by Veolia and the Croydon Partnership (Hammerson and Westfield) and exhibited in locations in King’s CrossMayfair and South Bank.

    Bernie Spain Gardens is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Thames Pulse

    Discover the Thames Pulse at the Mondrian Hotel during Lumiere London, with British artist Jason Bruges’ dynamic artwork that reflects the river’s health, in real time, on the iconic Sea Containers building on the South Bank.

    The artwork displays one of three patterns based on whether the water quality is good, average or poor compared to the previous day’s data reading. Follow the Twitter Feed @ThamesPulse to find regular water quality updates during the festival, and there’s even a chance for you to get involved in volunteering activities, from Thames clean-ups to becoming a “citizen scientist” with the Thames River Watch programme – find out more at Thames21.

    For more information, click HERE

  • The Wave

    Laugh, shout, dance, run… Vertigo’s interactive installation The Wave responds, allowing you to co-create the evening’s experience, with a constantly changing pattern of sound and light along Riverside Walkway on the South Bank.

    Designed by the Danish company, The Wave consists of 40 triangular, interactive, luminous gates. These gates respond to movement sonically and visually allowing audiences to co-create the artistic experience. The Wave acts as a beacon of light in the ongoing darkness of winter.

    The installation was originally created for display at Ofelia Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark as part of Frost Festival 2017. It was commissioned by Frost Festival and in Association Ofelia Plads.

    Riverside Walkway is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders.

    For more information, click HERE

  • OSC-L

    Look on as German digital artist Ulf Langheinrich transforms the National Theatre’s flytower (viewed from Upper Ground) into a luminous monument, glowing along the South Bank’s skyline. OSC-Linteracts with the hard concrete of Denys Lasdun’s brutalist building, animating it in a liquid stream of light.

    Langheinrich is a visual artist and composer. His work is mainly concerned with non-narrative environments and performances focusing on a specific approach to time, space and body. After studying industrial design, he conducted audio-experiments using pipe organs, harmoniums and multiple tape machine environments, as well as engaging mainly in drawing.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Sixty Minute Spectrum

    Watch as the Hayward Gallery’s roof is transformed into a chromatic clock with UK artist David Batchelor’s new commission, Sixty Minute Spectrum.

    Flooded with dramatic colour, the gallery’s unique pyramid roof lights move gradually through the entire visible chromatic spectrum every 60 minutes. Starting and ending the hour as a vivid red, they appear at different points throughout their cycle in orange, yellow, green, blue, purple or pink, and all the colours in between.

    For more information, click HERE