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Lumiere ‘journey through time’ lights up the West End

Spectacular display goes up as part of festival

12 January, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Oxford Circus is lit up with Origin of the World Bubble 2018 by Miguel Chevalier (Visualisation), courtesy of Artichoke & the artists

FIFTY mesmerising works have gone on display around Fitzrovia, Mayfair and the West End as part of the Lumiere Festival – and more are soon to follow.

Visualisation of Voyage at Hotel Cafe Royal, by Camille Gross & Leslie Epzstein, courtesy of Artichoke & the artists

This Thursday, for four nights, Carnaby Street, Chinatown London and Seven Dials will be lit up with five stunning installations including an award winning display of oversized and “dancing” light bulbs – first installed in Ganton Street in 2015 to great acclaim – a puppeteer-operated “giant flamingos”, and a telephone box aquarium filled with tropical fish.


Organisers are inviting the public to “take a journey through time” from the Belle Epoque to the present day at the Hotel Café Royal in Regent Street and to see the “Northern Lights” in Grosvenor Square.

My Light is Your Light at St James’s Church in Piccadilly, by Alaa Minawi, courtesy of Artichoke & the artists

In Trafalgar Square, a canopy of luminous spheres has created a “minimal but monumental kinetic artwork”.

In St James’s Churchyard, an installation pays tribute to Syrian refugees and the terrible conditions they have experienced in their migrations across the world. A rural idyll has been set up in the middle of Leicester Square and Westminster Abbey has been painted in glorious technicolor.

Cyclique by Collectif Coin in Trafalgar Square, courtesy of Artichoke & the artists

Fourteen streets around Carnaby Street, Soho, will be illuminated between 5.30pm and 10.30pm with a spectacular “dance” sequence light show. At Oxford Circus, an artwork inspired by the world of micro-biology and the movement and division of cells has been created.

Lumiere is the UK’s largest light festival, and was first established in London in 2016.


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