Yesterday I was in London to experience the Lumiere London 2018 light festival which is running from 18-21 Jan 2018. There are more than 50 art installations spread across various parts of London, mainly around the West End, South Bank, Kings Cross, Westminster, Mayfair and Fitzrovia. I had read about this last year and wanted to visit this year, which I am glad I did.
Parts of the city has been transformed into a open air light (and sound at some places) art exhibition. The festival is free to visit.
If you happen to be in London during this time, this is a must see experience. You just need warm clothes, comfortable shoes and the will to visit.
Miguel Chevalier: Origin of the World Bubble 2018, Oxford Circus
I managed to see few installations this evening around Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Piccadilly.
James Glancy Design: The Plug and Bulbs, Ganton Street
Oxford Street and Regent Street were closed to traffic in the evening and turned into pedestrianised zones. It felt wonderful to walk through the London streets and enjoy the installations.
Chris Plant : Harmonic Portal, St James’s Church
There are some installations within St James’s Churchyard in Piccadilly. Tracey’s Emin’s neon work ‘Be Faithful to Your Dreams’ can also be seen in St James’s Churchyard.
Alaa Minawi: My Light is Your Light, St James’s Churchyard
While in the area, I went inside St James’s Church in Piccadilly to see the artwork installation ‘Suspended’, in the nave of the church by artist Arabella Dorman, which has been created out of hundreds of refugees’ clothing salvaged from the Greek island of Lesbos.
Arabella Dorman : Suspended, St James’s Church
- Download the Visit London app to get the list of installations and the map.
- The artworks light up from 5.30 pm -10.30 pm.
- Ignore the weather and enjoy while it lasts.
- If you can’t make it this year, do make sure you do next time it happens.
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