Lumiere Light Festival, you may have heard of it happening recently in London.. If not, let me tell you, I learnt more the layout of London within a few hours than I have in nearly two years of living here.
Lumiere Light Festival is the biggest light’s festival to hit the capital. Produced by Artichoke, a company ‘working with independent artists to invade our public places’ and put on extraordinary, ambitious events that create memories that will last forever. Supported by the Mayor of London, for four evenings in January, London became illuminated, using the very iconic buildings we are so used to seeing in all their plain jane-ness.
The areas of London were picked upon their popularity; King’s Cross, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Regent Street and St James, Trafalgar Square and Westminster. Myself and Hannah managed to cover most of the Central area, but unfortunately due to the time and how freaking cold it was, we didn’t manage to make it to King’s Cross.
However, we did see some beautiful illuminations. Some of them had meaning, some didn’t. One of our favourites had to be the one that actually took place outside of the BAFTAs building, which myself and Hannah didn’t even realise was actually there. A big projection, filled with famous faces, onto it’s building was decorated with so much colour and light. With a lot of the illuminations, they transformed London into a giant playground.
The spectacle in Covent Garden for example was almost like stepping into a scene from Alice in Wonderland. Giant stems of flowers hung over us, neon tubes hung from the trees, the sight of it all was quite overwhelming.
It was such a shame that this happened to be the last night, else we would have returned the following evening to finish it all. However, I’m glad we got to experience at least some of what Artichoke and it’s collaborations had to offer.
Make sure you check out some of the artists below!
Platonic Spin by Nathaniel Rackowe
Garden of Light by TILT
Luminéoles by Porté par le vent
Eléphantastic by Catherine Garret
Shaida Walking by Julian Opie
Keyframes by Groupe LAPS
1.8 London by Janet Echelman/Studio Echelman
195 Piccadilly by NOVAK
I Haven’t Changed My Mind In A Thousand Years by Beth J Ross
Les Voyageurs by Cédric Le Borgne (The Travellers)
Plastic Islands by Luzinterruptus
Centre Point Lights from the Centre Point Building
Neon Dogs by Deep Mann-Kler
The Light of The Spirit by Patrice Warrener
Sanctuary by Sarah Blood
Dissect l and Dissect ll by Sarah Blood
Spinning Night In Living Colour by Elaine Buckholtz
Brothers and Sisters by Ron Haselden
Lightbenches by Bernd Spiecker for LBO (LichtBankObjekte)
Aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille
IFO (Identified Flying Object) Jacques Rival
Joining the Dots by Cleary Connolly
Pipette by Miriam Sleeman, Tom Sloan, Allies and Morrison, Spiers + Major
Dresses by Tae Gon Kim
Light Grafitti by Floating Pictures
binaryWaves by LAB[au]
Circus of Light by Ocubo
Litre of Light by Mick Stephenson, Central Saint Martins, UAL and MyShelter Foundation
Spectra-3 by FIELD.io
Diver by Ron Haselden
MORE SPACE by Tim Etchells