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Lampounette by TILT | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists
Lampounette by TILT | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists
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Lighting up January with Lumiere London

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 11 January 2018
Banish the January blues and symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) with this year’s spectacular Lumiere London as over 50 artworks illuminate the city’s streets, buildings and public spaces, creating a captivating, unique and nocturnal art exhibition.

As with other cities like Amsterdam and Montreal that have utilised the power of illuminating events, London will become a beacon of glowing creativity with the four-night city-wide festival.

From King’s Cross and Fitzrovia to Trafalgar Square and along the South Bank, Lumiere London will transform the city into an open-air gallery.

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Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde will be at Granary Square | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists.

Commissioned by the Mayor of London and produced by public art organisation Artichoke, between 5.30pm and 10.30pm each night audiences will be able to enjoy dazzling and immersive works of art by a host of international artists including Julian Opie, David Batchelor and Tracey Emin – who recently lit up The Connaught’s Christmas tree with her neon art – as well as emerging talent like recent Royal Academy of Art graduate Rhys Coren and various design studios.

Control no Control by Daniel Iregui. Lumiere Durham (2017). Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists copy
Control no Control by Daniel Iregui will be at Whitfield Gardens | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists. Photo: Matthew Andrews

Whether you fancy walking through a field of luminous flowers, tapping into your inner chid on illuminated seesaws or manipulating a LED interactive sculpture, we bring you the radiant works not to miss at the 2018 edition.

The Wave by Vertigo

Responding to the physical and sonic movement of the audience, an 80-metre stretch of forty triangular arches will create a constantly changing experience of the Riverside.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Walkway, South Bank

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The Wave by Vertigo | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists

Illumaphonium by Michael Davis

Make this multi-sensory installation sing and change colour by activating one of the sculpture’s many illuminated bars.
Location: Mount Street

Illumaphonium by Michael Davis. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists copy
Illumaphonium by Michael Davis | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists

My Light is Your Light by Alaa Minawi

Inspired by his experience of working as an interpreter for Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese and Somali refugees, the Palestinian-Lebanese artist’s neon figures pay tribute to the plight and horrendous conditions Syrian refugees experience across the world.
Location: St James’s Churchyard (viewed from Church Place)

My Light is Your Light, Alaa Minawi. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists. copy
My Light is Your Light, Alaa Minawi | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists

Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi and Kanva

The artistic duo’s installation of flower-like reflectors emulates fields of shimmering wheat, bringing a little piece of the countryside to the city.
Location: Lewis Cubitt Park

Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi and KANVA. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists copy
Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi and KANVA | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists

Lampounette by TILT

Experience your very own Honey I Shrunk the Kids! moment as the French studio injects a surreal twist to the burgeoning business quarter of King’s Cross with their humorous installation of giant desk lamps.
Location: King’s Boulevard

Lampounette by TILT. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists. copy 2
Lampounette by TILT | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists

Origin of the World Bubble by Miguel Chevalier

The world of micro-biology comes to London’s shopping scene as Chevalier’s vivid universe of ever-changing cells will be suspended above Oxford Circus’ pedestrianised junction.
Location: Oxford Circus

Origin of the World Bubble 2018 by Miguel Chevalier (Visualisation). Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists. copy
Render of Origin of the World Bubble 2018 by Miguel Chevalier | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists.

Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou

The Bristol-based group have worked with London communities in Redbridge, Greenwich, Lambeth and Waltham Forest to create a choreographed performance that utilises LED umbrellas. To get a sneak preview, on Wednesday January 17 there will be a special rehearsal performance at Bloomberg Arcade in the City.
Location: Piccadilly, Regent Street, Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Victoria

Umbrella Project, Cirque Bijou. Photo by Andre Pattenden. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists. copy
Umbrella Project, Cirque Bijou | Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists. Photo: Andre Pattenden.

Cosmoscope by Simeon Nelson

A team of scientists and academics from UCL collaborated on the research for this large-scale sound and light sculpture that charts the rhythm and infinity of the cosmos.
Location: Store Street, Fitzrovia

Cosmoscope by Simeon Nelson, part of Lumiere Durham 2017, produced by Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council. Cosmoscope was funded by Wellcome for Lumiere Durham. Photo_ Matthew Andrew
Cosmoscope by Simeon Nelson | Photo: Matthew Andrews

Lumiere London is at various locations around London from Thursday January 18 to Sunday January 21, 2018.

Want to see more outdoor art in London? Check out Sculpture in the City that sites sculpture around the Square Mile.