Involving up to 15 bridges – from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge – and spanning 2.5 miles, the installation
is designed to celebrate the spirit of the river and the communities that live
alongside it. The American light artist Leo Villareal, who was previously in
charge of lighting the San Francisco Bay Bridge, is leading the project alongside award-winning British architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Using LED technology to highlight each bridge’s distinctive architectural
and geographic features, Villareal's work will highlight how
the running of the river unifies the city.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said: 'The Illuminated River will give
London free art. The project also means that a wasted asset and resource will
now be used. The team have thought through how the project is sustainable and
how it will be energy efficient.'It is hoped that the project will rejuvenate the river and its bridges as a public space for Londoners.
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Neil Mendoza, said: “A tremendous amount of work has been done since the winning team of Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands was announced almost two years ago. Much of that work has been undertaken in collaboration with organisations up and down the river, including one of the largest and most detailed planning processes London has seen. We are grateful for the contribution of all our partners and look forward to continuing our work together.”
The project is due for switch-on this summer, with specific dates yet to be confirmed.
|What||The Illuminated River, Thames London|
|Where||Albert Bridge Gardens, 32 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5TR | MAP|
01 Jul 19 – 01 Sep 19, Due summer 2019, dates to be confirmed
|Website||Click here for more information|