London: Lumiere Festival

Lumiere London - Westminster Abbey / Patrice Warrener

During four evenings from the 14th-17th of January, visitors could experience installations from the world’s most exciting artists working with light at across 30 locations in the UK capital for the Lumiere London Festival.

Architectural landmarks are being coloured with 3D projections like Westminster Abbey by Patrice Warrener, the Kings Cross Granada Building by Ocudo, or Piccadilly by NOVAK.

Lumiere London - Westminster Abbey / Patrice Warrener    Lumiere London - Westminster Abbey / Patrice Warrener
Lumiere London - Circus of Light / Ocubo Lumiere London - Novak    Lumiere London - Novak Lumiere London - Novak

While Center Points lights have been temporarily moved to the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square fountains are transformed into Plastic Islands’ by activist group  Luzinterruptus .

Lumiere London - Centre Point LightsLumiere London Plastic Islands Luzinterruptus

In  shop windows, shimmering dresses by Tae gon KIM change colours with their fibre-optic LEDs, giving them a Cinderella-esque touch.

Lumiere London - Tae Kon Kim     Lumiere London - Tae Kon Kim
Lumiere London - Tae Kon Kim

Within the famous pedestrian Carnaby Street, passers-by can enjoy the newly permanent installation Shaida Walking by Julian Opie.

Lumiere London - Julian Opie

Drawing massive crowds, the iconic phone box is turned into an aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.

Lumiere London - Aquarium /  Benedetto Buffalino & Benoit Deseille
Lumiere London - Aquarium /  Benedetto Buffalino & Benoit Deseille    Lumiere London - Aquarium /  Benedetto Buffalino & Benoit Deseille

Gigantic  fishes Lumineoles are flying above Piccadilly, while Travellers figures by Cedric Le Borgne adorn rooftops of nearby buildings. Neon birdhouses by Sarah Blood are nestled within Brown Hart Gardens.

Lumiere London - Lumineoles / Porte par le vent    Lumiere London - Sarah Blood Lumiere London - Lumineoles / Porte par le ventLumiere London - Cedric Le Borgne    Lumiere London - Lumineoles / Porte par le vent   Lumiere London - Sarah Blood    Lumiere London - Cedric Le Borgne

The French collective TILT (not the graffiti artist from Toulouse) have created a giant luminous tropical garden in the centre of Leicester Square.

Lumiere London - Gardent of Lights / Tilt    Lumiere London - Gardent of Lights / TiltLumiere London - Gardent of Lights / TiltLumiere London - Gardent of Lights / Tilt    Lumiere London - Gardent of Lights / Tilt

Janet Echelman used the data of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami from 2011, to create a 3D representation called 1.8 London. 

Lumiere London - 1.8 / Studio Echelman

Further pictures from the Lumiere London Festival in Mayfair and King’s Cross below:

Lumiere London Lumiere London - Elephantastic / Catherine Garret    Lumiere London - Ron Haselden    Lumiere London - Lightbenches / Bernard Spiecker    Lumiere London - Elaine Buckholz Lumiere London - LAB (AU)
Lumiere London - Litre of Light    Lumiere London - Litre of Light
Lumiere London - Diver / Ron Haselden    Lumiere London - Jacques Rival
Lumiere London - Jacques Rival    Lumiere London - Cleary ConnollyLumiere London

Check the full programme here.

View the full set of pics here

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