Who else is getting fed up of all these cold winter nights? No matter how high I turn the heating up in the London flat, I always seem to be FREEZING. It makes it so hard to get your body into action and get doing something fun 🙁 I, however, have had one of my best friends down to stay with me, so I had no choice but to find something to entertain her with in the capital (harder than it sounds!!).
This past week, London has hosted the beautiful Lumiere Festival. To light up the miserable, fog-strewn London skyline, a whole host of amazing artists produced some truly inspiring installations. Some of the pieces had the intended breathtaking effect, whilst others admittedly fell a little flat. Dotted around some of London’s most iconic locations, walking through the ice cold night to see the lights didn’t seem all that bad – and hey, exercise???
This particular piece by Warrener had to be my favourite, the beautiful projections highlighted the delicate sculptures which adorn Westminster Abbey. The Abbey morphed through every colour of the rainbow before our eyes and had us dazed (genuinely our mouths were hanging open). As the first stop on our list we thought there would be bigger and better things to come, however ‘The Light of The Spirit’ held top spot for the rest of the night, maybe fighting for #1 place with this next piece:
As we stepped into Leicester Square, we had a second jaw dropping moment! The already impressive square had been transformed into a garden that could have been taken straight out of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland stories. Huge, yet delicate, paper flowers accented the acid green lights of the trees and grasses, whilst twinkling fairy lights were strewn across the central fountain and surrounding trees. The effect was truly magical and I’m sure everyone who had the pleasure of experiencing it, felt like they had stepped into their very own London Wonderland!
Installations like this ‘Litre of Light’ strived to help those in the world who are less fortunate than ourselves. It aimed to show how we can sustainably produce as much light energy as a 55-watt bulb with just a plastic bottle, some bleach and your imagination! This piece involved the local community, bringing together school children to design the patterns which would cast the light on the tunnels that the bottles were set up in. Another favourite of ours!
This intriguing net inspired design was named after the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 which mind blowingly increased the rotation of the earth so much that the day shortened by 1.8 microseconds. The piece mimics the images taken from space that day, and impressively allowed for audience interaction. Viewers were invited to head to a particular website to influence the different hues that the shape would produce! We loved this one so much, that we ended up laying down right underneath it for such a long time that I’ve still got the cold to prove it.
Unfortunately, the festival has now finished for 2016, but don’t worry, I took plenty of pictures for you all to enjoy! If you live in London but missed the festivities, the next event for your calendars is this, the MAGIC LANTERN FESTIVAL!! Hosted at Chiswick House & Gardens the winter nights are to be illuminated again with oriental style lanterns and cuisine! Definitely not to be missed!
Did any of you brave the cold to experience London’s first ever Lumiere festival??? I’d love to hear what you thought if you did! Hopefully I’ve inspired some of you Londoners to head out to the Magical Lantern Festival 🙂 if so – SEE YOU THERE!