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This Thursday marks the start of the highly anticipated annual Luminere festival: A stunning visual showcase of over 50 light installations across London.
Whether you’re living local this week, or stretching out further afield, it’s tough to miss the vast selection of artworks – with installations situated in Kings Cross, Fitzrovia, London’s West End, Mayfair, Westminster, Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo.
Far be it from us to miss the opportunity to plug an event a stone’s throw from our city fringe locations – we’ve put together a short list of the artworks we’ll be keeping an eye out for this year, in the hope that you too will join us in shaking off those January blues and experiencing something inspiring.
1. Patrice Warrener: The Light of The Spirit (Chapter 2).
Where: Westminster Abbey.
Following the success of his 2016 Lumiere installation ‘The Light of the Spirit’, Warrener is back this year, showcasing his second instalment, drenching the façade of Westminster Abbey’s Great West Gate with neon brilliance. Recognised for his chromolithe projection system, Warrener has designed over 80 incredible creations to date and this year is no exception.
2. Nathaniel Rackowe: Deconstructing the Domestic
Where: Universal Building Vitrines, Goods Way, Kings Cross.
Die-hard Brutalist? Head over to the Universal Building vitrines this weekend to check out Nathaniel Rackowe’s current installation; Deconstructing the Domestic. Rackowe’s work draws inspiration from urban and domestic environments, combining man made objects with kinetic elements – creating uncanny sculptures which reflect the city we live in.
3. Daan Roosegaarde: Waterlicht.
Where: Granary Square, Kings Cross.
Part of Studio Loosegaarde, based in the Netherlands, founding member Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has created an awe-inspiring installation at Granary Square – underlining the power of poetry and water. Immerse yourselves in waves of light and give space for reflection as you navigate the space, which aims to ‘connect people, technology and space to improve daily life in urban environments and spark imagination.’
4. Vertigo: The Wave.
Where: Riverside Walkway, South Bank.
Originally displayed at Ofelia Plads, Copenhagen, during the 2017 Frost Festival, Vertigo is the brainchild of Danish art collective The Wave. Featuring 40 interactive triangular luminous gates which respond to movement, The Wave’s installation encourages user interactivity by allowing the audience to curate the artistic experience.
Event runs 18th-21st January. 5:30-10:30pm. Find out more here.
Images courtesy of visitlondon,com/lumiere.