Lumiere London Light Festival, 2018
For one weekend only, Lumiere London transforms our urban landscape at the darkest, gloomiest time of the year into a dazzling nocturnal exhibition.
Commissioned by Sadiq Khan, London's festival of lights spans six official districts, from King’s Cross to the South Bank.
Featuring over 50 light installations, sculptures and light projections by the world's most renowned digital, light and sound artists, Lumiere London reimagines London's streets and architecture in spectacular new ways.
Wrap up warm, head outside and see the city in a new light this weekend: these are our Lumiere London 2018 highlights.
From TILT's Lampounette, which pays homage to the humble but essential desk-lamp, to Nathaniel Rackowe’s humongous Deconstructing the Domestic, King's Cross hosts eleven of the festival's most impressive large-scale light installations.
But it's Waterlicht by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, that has really caught our eye. Splashing Granary Square in ethereal waves of blue LED light, visitors will be engulfed in a virtual flood. To really intensify the immersive experience, we recommend whipping out your phone and headphones to tune into the accompanying soundtrack.
Thought provoking and, often, geo-political, Roosegaarde's work raises awareness of rising sea levels and temperatures. Waterlicht serves as a powerful visual reminder of the detrimental effects global warming is having on our planet and ecosystems.