American artist to illuminate bridges over London’s River Thames

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A team led by American light artist Leo Villareal and British architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has won the Illuminated River International Design Competition.

The win brings a design commission on an unprecedented scale: a unified scheme to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames.

The seven-month search for a world class team to illuminate the Thames’ bridges in a free, permanent light installation saw submissions from 105 teams in 20 countries around the world. The six shortlisted concepts were displayed in a public exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall in November.

The winning team will now start to develop the design concepts in collaboration with stakeholders and partners along the river, and in consultation with the public. This work will take place in 2017.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “We saw an incredible response to this fascinating competition, showing that London continues to inspire creatives from around the globe, and is open to all. There were some spectacular ideas, and I can’t wait to see the winning design light up the Thames. Huge congratulations to Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands on this fantastic achievement.”

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