Lumiere London produced by Artichoke lights up the city with London's biggest-ever light festival. 30 installations by artists such as Julian Opie, Sarah Blood, Lab[au] and Jacques Rival are being showcased in locations such as King's Cross, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Regent Street, and Trafalgar Square during the four day festival. We went to check it out on the opening night.
We were blown away by this installation by Lab[au]. Not only is it beautiful, but it uses, 'infrared sensors to capture the invisible flows of information that surround us from mobile phones, radios and cars.' While we were there, the big three meter tall lights seemed to follow us back and forth
Circus of Light
The circus is coming to town. Ocubo brings it unto the facade of Central Saint Martins in King's Cross. Their engaging projection combines a colourful film of jugglers, acrobats and performers with the local residents. Hundreds of people lined up to view this fun-filled virtual performance.
Identified Flying Object
Inside Jacques Rival's giant birdcage installation, there is a single swing inviting passersby to connect with their inner child, jump on and take off. It might seem a bit precarious to be swinging to new heights in the dark, but it was also quite thrilling.
Litre of light – Mick Stephenson, Central Saint Martins, UAL and Myshelter Foundation
MyShelter Foundation's low cost, high impact lighting solution of plastic bottles filled with water with a drop of bleach can refract as much sunlight through it as a 55-watt bulb. They have brought this simple idea to communities in developing countries and now it has been converted by Mick Stephenson and CSM students into an art installation exploring the themes of sustainability, climate change and issues of poverty.
Don't have a light sabre? Well, this could be the next best thing. Floating Pictures' interactive installation let's you run wild with a smartphone torch and create lines of light and colour literally as street art.
Lumiere London is running from 14 – 17 January. It's definitely worth checking out as it's free and fun to do. For further info and locations, check out Lumiere London's website.