Search

Lumiere London: King’s Cross alight with illumination

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 19 January 2018

The reflesctions of IFO in the water of Pancras Square, King's Cross. Picture: John Sturrock

The reflesctions of IFO in the water of Pancras Square, King's Cross. Picture: John Sturrock

© John Sturrock

Lumiere London festival of lights returns to King’s Cross this weekend with installations from 10 different artists

The festive season has passed and Christmas lights have come down. We’re into deepest, darkest January now, and everyone is looking for a bit of illumination to see us through the cold.

This weekend might lend a little respite. Thanks to annual Lumiere London, more than 50 works by artists from around the world are set to transform London’s streets into glittering displays of light. The city’s biggest art event is heavily represented in King’s Cross with 10 immersive displays.

Dot by Philippe Morvan sees a bank of lightbulbs flashing across Four Pancras Square. The 175 bulbs sync with a specially composed soundtrack by Solomon Grey.

On King’s Boulevard, Lampounette pays homage to the office desk lamp. French art studio TILT focuses its exploration of light on the interplay between art, architecture and space, and pays homage to the area’s business environment.

King’s Cross Tunnel is taken over by Maya Mouawad and Cyril Laurier’s Upperground, which intersects the natural world with the man-made. Electric lights installed in the tunnel are connected to the nearest park, where the wind triggers the lights in real time.

Another nature inspired piece is Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde in Granary Square. The Dutch artist contemplates global warming and rising sea levels by transforming the square with a virtual flood. Viewers can tune into the soundtrack on their own devices.

Architecture Social Club present emotive audio-visual work, Aether in West Handyside Canopy. The glittering mass ebbs and flows in reaction to a soundscape composed by Max Cooper, connecting light and sound to the emotion of the viewer.

Further installations include the permanent birdcage IFO (Identified Flying Object by Jacques Rival, Grabber by Mader Wiermann and Entre les Rangs from Rami Bebawi.

Helen Marriage, artistic director of Lumiere London and CEO of art charity Artichoke, who produces the event said: “It’s exciting and unusual to be working at this scale and to be able to knit together a coherent artistic programme across such a vast area of central London with so many partners, sponsors and supporters.

“From the charming to the thought-provoking, the artistic programme presents our amazing city to the world as a public gallery without walls, an open invitation for everyone to come out and play.”

For a full programme of installations and map of where to find them go to visitlondon.com/lumiere

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 23:06

In the week of the Carabao Cup final read the first in our series detailing previous Arsenal League Cup finals by talking to the people who were there. Kicking off is loyal long-term fan Martin Wengrow – who is in his 65th year of supporting the Gunners and has watched nearly 2,000 matches – as he recalls the 1968 Wembley showpiece against Leeds United.

Yesterday, 21:45

National League: Chester 0 Leyton Orient 1

For the majority of Arsenal fans a Wembley cup final is something to be savoured. However a long-serving season ticket holder from Islington, Glenn Allen is so disenchanted with Arsene Wenger he is boycotting the Carabao Cup showpiece against Manchester City on Sunday. Read on for his explanation which will shock many but perhaps strike a chord with some.

Yesterday, 17:44

The northern rockers’ motorik, frazzled guitars and kitchen-sink humour make for an invigorating experience.

Yesterday, 17:00

Troy Townsend full of praise for the changes made by the 26-year-old to ensure he played in the Premier League and represented his country

Yesterday, 16:30

Will Justin Edinburgh rotate his starting XI ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy quarter-final with Gateshead?

Yesterday, 14:40

It’s enough to put your knickers in a twist – after being widely announced Arsenal would play the Carabao Cup final in red shorts the EFL has now decided Arsene Wenger’s men will wear white shorts.

Yesterday, 14:00

Morgan has not appeared for Middlesex in first-class cricket in almost three years

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists