Art lovers are in for an illuminating few evenings as the capital lights up for ‘Lumiere London’.
London’s biggest-ever light festival includes a series of installations by international artists in some landmark locations.
It may be cold out, but there will be a warm glow as artists from across the globe display works in four different parts of the capital: King’s Cross; Mayfair; Piccadilly, Regent Street and St James’s; and Trafalgar Square and Westminster.
Lumiere London spans four evenings, from January 14-17, with the lights switched on from 6.30pm to 10.30pm each night.
Check out the amazing pictures of what to expect!
The Lumiere London show includes (text courtesy Visit London):
Garden of Light by TILT, Leicester Square
Reaching up to the sky, giant illuminated plants will bring a taste of the tropics to wintry January.
Luminéoles by Porté par le vent, Piccadilly
Lit by LEDs, these brightly coloured fish dance gracefully with the elements, delighting audiences as they float and swoop through the air.
Elephantastic by Catherine Garret / Top’là Design, Regent Street
Emerging stomping from a cloud of dust, an enormous elephant makes his slow, and heavy journey through the archways. This extraordinary animated projection brings the sounds of the jungle to Central London as he trumpets his way through the Regent Street area.
Shaida Walking. 2015 by Julian Opie, Carnaby Street
See Shaida Walking. 2015 as it takes pride of place amongst the bustling streets of the vibrant London area, Soho. The subject of Opie’s illuminated work is ideally placed along the pedestrianised shopping zone at the intersection of Broadwick Street and Carnaby Street.
Keyframes by Groupe LAPS, Regent Street
Groupe LAPS bring the magic of movement to London with their delightful, dancing stick men. This nocturnal artwork charms audiences with its story, taking over Liberty House near Regent Street.
1.8 London by Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman, Oxford Circus
Strung between buildings at Oxford Circus, this enormous net sculpture is named after one of the astonishing impacts of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
195 Piccadilly by NOVAK, Piccadilly
195 Piccadilly explores the different genres of cinema and television using images from BAFTA’s archive. The animation is accompanied by a striking soundtrack, created by Ed Carter and inspired by the classic sounds that helped define these genres of film and television.
I Haven’t Changed My Mind in a Thousand Years by Beth J Ross, St James’s area
While carrying out research in Durham Cathedral’s library, Beth J Ross discovered an 11th-century manuscript full of proverbs with surprising contemporary relevance. Inspired by this historic text, Beth re-wrote the proverbs in the script of her young son, Thomas. These neon artworks bring the wisdom of the past to the present, shedding light once more on these forgotten texts.
Neon Dogs by Deepa Mann-Kler, Trafalgar Square
Inspired by balloon dogs at children’s parties, this joyful collection of twelve neon dogs is sure to make you smile.
Lightbenches by Bernd Spiecker for LBO LichtBankObjekte, Mayfair
A park bench with a difference: take a seat on this piece of illuminated street furniture. Lit by hundreds of LEDs, the Lightbench allows you to take the weight off your feet and strike up a conversation with a stranger.