The full programme for Lumiere London 2018 (18-21 January) has now been announced and will feature over 50 mesmerising works, spread across London. Imagine a world under water at King’s Cross; take a journey through time from the Belle Epoque to the present day at the Hotel Café Royal in Regent Street; see the Northern Lights in Grosvenor Square; discover a rural idyll in the middle of Leicester Square; marvel at Westminster Abbey painted in glorious Technicolor; watch shape-shifting animations in Leake Street, and stroll through an undulating tunnel of light at South Bank.
Produced by leading arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by the Mayor of London, works will be spread across the capital in King’s Cross, Victoria & Westminster, Fitzrovia, Mayfair, London’s West End and Waterloo & Southbank.
Newly announced highlights across iconic London locations include:
- In Trafalgar Square - Child Hood by Collectif Coin (France): Composed of a canopy of luminous spheres, that sail above the audience. A minimal but monumental kinetic artwork, it will fill Trafalgar Square with light.
- St James's Churchyard, West End - My Light is Your Light by Alaa Minawi (Palestine/Lebanon): This installation pays tribute to Syrian refugees and the terrible conditions they have experienced in their migrations across the world. The work was realised after Alaa Minawi worked for three years as an interpreter for Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese and Somali refugees.
- Rambert Building, South Bank - The Light on Their Feet: Footfalls for Rambert by David Ward (UK): Inspired by one of Edgar Degas’ sculptures of a dancer, artist David Ward has photographed the soles of the feet of each of Rambert’s company of international dancers for this artwork on the South Bank. The photographs form the basis of a series of images that fade slowly into visibility and then out as they ‘dance’ across Rambert’s RIBA-award winning building.
- Oxford Circus - Origin of the World Bubble 2018 by Miguel Chevalier (France), software by Cyrille Henry: Suspended above the pedestrianised Oxford Circus, the work, inspired by the world of micro-biology and the constant movement and division of cells, will respond to the movements of the viewer below, transforming from black and white to vivid, colour-saturated visual experiences reminiscent of op-art and 1970s psychedelia.
- Queen Elizabeth Walkway, South Bank - The Wave by Vertigo (Denmark): Consisting of forty triangular and glowing sound gates standing over three metres tall and creating a path of over 80 metres long, The Wave will become a beacon of light along South Bank. Audiences will co-create the experience as the gates respond to movements both sonically and visually, constantly changing across four nights.
Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, was first staged in Durham in 2009. In January 2016, the company staged the first Lumiere London, supported by the Mayor of London, attracting audiences of over 1 million over four nights. A selection of press images for London Lumiere 2018 installations can be downloaded here and please find attached the full programme release.