To see London thriving with tourism and electrified by light this weekend has been a fantastic way to brighten things up during the January blues. The bustling capital seemed more alive than ever with visitors flocking to see each dazzling light installation at Lumiere London.
Designed by Janet Echelman, this sculptural organic form was suspended high above Regent Street and Oxford Street, creating an immediate visual impact on exit from Oxford Circus Tube Station. Seemingly floating, this vibrant installation derives its name from a statistic of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami when the day’s length was reduced by 1.8 seconds. Echelman used data from NASA to translate this into a 3D image upon which 1.8 London is based.
Pairing the animation of dancing stick men with lively electronic music made this audio-visual installation a spectacle you simply can’t help but stop to watch. Produced by Groupe LAPS, Keyframes created an atmosphere of excitement in Regent Street, decorating the façade of Liberty House with its stunning lighting and video game-inspired choreography.
Here famous faces were depicted amongst abstract splashes and brushstrokes, representing this address’s original role as the home of the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters, whilst incorporating imagery sourced from BAFTA’s archive of inspirational actors and actresses from the big screen. Accompanied by cinematic music the projections designed by NOVAK aim to conjure up memories of classic films, creating an immersive experience in the heart of London.
Gently swaying above the hectic London crowds, Porté par le vent has produced a mesmerising installation comprising of vibrantly coloured fish which gracefully animate the emptiness overhead. Les Luminéoles aims to transform what would otherwise be an everyday sight for Londoners into a magical “dreamland”, creating an exotic and surreal spectacle within a relatively ordinary environment.
Top’là Design are the creative masterminds behind Eléphantastic!, an extraordinary performance featuring stunning visuals and roaring sounds, bringing the sights and excitement of the untamed jungle into the realms of city life. The contrast of the elephant's commanding presence and the bustle of the spectators watching him make his way through London’s architecture instantly brought us to a standstill!
Garden of Light
The brainchild of French collective, TILT, Garden of Light offered an otherworldly experience where large scale natural forms had taken over the small patch of green in the centre of Leicester Square. Each magical sculpture was designed to make the public feel dwarfed by the oversized colourful plant life. It was especially refreshing to see artworks like this exhibited outside of the gallery space, bringing luminous, nature-inspired installations to new audiences in an urban, open-air setting.