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Illuminating London Light Shows in January 2020

 
 
 

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

 

Six illuminating light shows to brighten the dark January days, seek out the lights from Chiswick to Canary Wharf and discover an interactive installation with a thousand buttons at Battersea.

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Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park, London, E14 5AG

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 

Dates: 16th to 25th January 2020

 
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Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Brightening the darkest January days, the Winter Lights at Canary Wharf bring an array of illuminated installations to the city. The interactive festival - where you can actually get up close to some of the light sources - features over 25 installations including sculptures, lasers, projections and digital art. A giant kaleidoscope, fountain of music and light, faces lit up by phone screens, a hundred circles of red light and a foam thunderstorm cloud are all part of this year's festival. Some pieces reuse and recycle everyday materials like Lactolight, by Westferry Circus, made from 7,344 recycled plastic milk bottles repurposed as a large low-res video screen. In addition to the light installations, street food hubs house traders selling everything from pizza and waffles to Middle Eastern and Swiss dishes.

 
 
 

Battersea Light Festival: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, Circus West, Sopwith Way, London, SW8 4NN

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 8th January to 16th March 2020

 
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Battersea Light Festival: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Light Festival: Battersea Power Station

Banishing the winter blues, Battersea stages a light festival of four installations at the former power station whose distinctive chimney columns punctuate the south London skyline. Perhaps the most visually striking is Viktor Vicsek's Talking Heads where two heads, each composed of 4,000 customisable LED lights, react to one another to create a myriad of facial expressions. The light installations, free to enjoy from 8th January until 16th February, also include a large interactive screen with a thousand buttons, 140 filtered fluorescent tubes which bring light to the historic Grade II*-listed Coaling Jetty and an interactive neon sign which draws you in with its bright colours, provoking message and loud rustling noises.

 
 
 

Tate Britain: Winter Commission

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 30th November 2019 to 26th January 2020

 
Tate Britain: Winter Commission

Tate Britain: Winter Commission

 

Not only pretty to look at,  Tate Britain's Winter Commission, created this year by British artist Anne Hardy is a reminder of the change in climate. The illuminated installation, which turns the building's grand entrance into a marooned temple, takes inspiration from the rhythms of the earth and the tides of the River Thames. From 30 November 2019 to 26 January 2020, the Tate gallery's facade appears covered with tattered banners and tangled lights while a specially composed soundtrack takes the listener on a sonic journey from inland to ocean via the Thames.

 
 
 

Lightopia

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 22nd January to 1st March 2020

 
Lightopia

Lightopia

 

A new interactive light festival from the creators of the Magic Lantern Festival, Lightopia brings light installations, acrobats and musicians to Chiswick House & Gardens. The installations have been created using ancient Chinese lantern making techniques along with modern technology to follow the theme of Harmony. A Tree of Light sculpture forms the centrepiece with a 10 metre tall sculpture surrounded by 20 drums that can be used to control the tree's colours. There's also a rainbow tunnel, an 18-metre peacock and 70,000 flickering roses along with street food stalls, bars and a kids zone.

 
 
 

Space Frames: Granary Square

Granary Square, Good's Way, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 13th January to 31st March 2020

 
Space Frames: Granary Square

Space Frames: Granary Square

 

They lit up Coal Drops Yard last winter. Now, from January 2020, Space Frames adds illuminated archways to Granary Square, creating a playful light installation in King's Cross. The light boxes, shaped into archways, circles, semi-circles, ovals and straight lines, mimic the graphic outlines and industrial architecture of Coal Drops Yard. Designed by Dutch design studio Studio Mieke Meijer, the structures are lit from within, acting as beacons, drawing visitors towards and beneath them. The good news is, if you fall in love with this installation, you can buy them from MDR Gallery in Coal Drops Yard.

 
 
 

Illuminated River

River Thames, , London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 17th July 2019 to 17th July 2029

 
Illuminated River

Illuminated River

 

Lighting up London's main waterway, Illuminated River will be one of the longest public art projects in the world when it's complete in 2022 - stretching 4.5 nautical miles between Albert Bridge and Tower Bridge. Opening in phases, summer 2019 introduced the first four River Thames crossings - London Bridge and the Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges - and a further five are to be added by winter 2020. Bringing light to Blackfriars, Waterloo, Lambeth and Westminster bridges and the Golden Jubilee Footbridge (formerly Hungerford Bridge). A total of 14 central London bridges are involved in the project by artist Leo Villareal who has created changing sequences of LEDs for each bridge.

 
 
 

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