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.
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.