When: 16th – 27th January 2018
Where: Canary Wharf, London E14
What is it?
If you head to Canary Wharf this month you will find the space lit up with light graffiti, interactive light bubbles and flora light drawings for the annual Winter Lights festival.
The event will take place from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 27th January, showcasing more than 30 works from some of the most innovative light artists across the globe.
This year’s Winter Lights will draw upon state-of-the-art light technology to create artworks, installations and experiences, many of them interactive or responsive. The exhibition will feature never-before-seen pieces and several UK firsts. New commissions this year will include Dazzling Dodecahedron by UK artist Amberlights; a beautiful 3D installation that will allow people to enter and enjoy the total rainbow spectrum of colour.
Additional new works will include Halo by Dutch artists Venividimultiplex. Representing the sun – our greatest source of light which shapes the conditions for life on our planet – the giant halo will be suspended above the fountain in Cabot Square.
Additional standout works include Apparatus Florius from Belgian artist Tom Dekyvere; transforming Westferry Circus with a work that stands for togetherness, happiness and joyfulness but also for danger, friction and tension. The artwork aims to illustrate togetherness and collaboration in contrast with nature and technology
Meanwhile, returning for a second year is Marcus Lyall’s popular On Your Wavelength. Originally commissioned by Canary Wharf Group in 2017, the piece features a mind-powered light and sound installation with more than 20,000 LEDs, which are controlled by participants via an EEG headset. As their thought patterns change, the light tunnel fitted with the LEDs will create intricate light patterns.
As well as outdoor pieces, a series of specially curated indoor works will be featured at Crossrail Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden. These will include Reflecting Holons by Dutch artists Martens & Visser, which explores the ephemeral magic of light and movement using moving objects, creating the illusion that they are water drops.
The Winter Lights festival is free to the public and can be seen throughout Canary Wharf. The illuminations can be discovered in an array of different locations, simply pick up a map when you arrive or download one from the website in advance.
More info: canarywharf.com