This is the second of three posts on the delightful Lumiere London: the capital’s first light festival. Produced by the creative company Artichoke, stunning light installations designed by international artists were placed across Mayfair (see below), King’s Cross and Piccadilly for four nights in January 2016. The festival proved extremely popular and there are now calls to make it an annual event.
As well as the selection of stills on this post, I have made a short YouTube film about the event (apologies, the sound is not great). The footage is automatically cued up next to each of the featured installations listed below. Just press play. However, to start off with here is the film in full. Enjoy x
Bernd Spiecker for LBO-Lichtbankobjekte
window of Coutts, opposite Charing Cross station
Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille
Centre Point Lights
Centre Point is a huge 33 storey building that has towered over Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street since the 1960s. As a child I often looked up at its name lit up at the top in huge white lettering, wishing that one day I could go up there and enjoy the view over London. However, it was primarily used for office space and so closed to the public.
It is now (2016) being renovated into luxury apartments that no doubt only Russian oligarchs will be able to afford. Whilst these renovations are taking place, the lettering has been taken down and put into storage, except during Lumiere London, where they were placed in Trafalgar Square for the four nights of the light festival. At last! I got to see the top of Centre Point, or at least see what was once at the top of Centre Point until recently. Well, it’s the closest I’ll probably ever get to the top of the building, unless I win the lottery and buy a broom cupboard on the 33rd floor with the winnings.
Spinning Night in Living Colour
The Light of the Spirit
Brown Hart Garden
Brothers and Sisters
Dissect I and Dissect II
Brown Hart Gardens
The King’s Cross pieces can be seen here…
… and the Piccadilly, Regent Street & St James’s installations can be found here