Hasn’t January felt like a long month? If, like us, you’ve slogged through the dark winter nights wondering how many years it’ll take for spring to arrive, then you’ll be interested in a new immersive experience taking place in central London this week. Life is a sound and light installation at St Martin-in-the-Fields. And as it follows on from last year’s successful Space installation, you can expect big things.
Suitable for all ages, Life is a celebration of the natural world and is designed as a walking journey through the earth, sea and sky. This event invites you to reflect upon life on today’s planet during a single 24-hour period. It takes you on a journey through our planet, from sunrise to sunset. To top it off, St Martin-in-the-Fields’ beautiful architecture provides the backdrop for the sun, oceans and clouds in this dazzling show.
A light-filled church and an atmospheric crypt
The whole adventure starts outside in the courtyard, with projections on the exterior of the building, bringing together the centuries-old architecture of St Martin-in-the-Fields with spectacular imagery of the natural world. The colourful and immersive light experience continues inside, journeying to the atmospheric underground crypt and culminating with a sensational light show filling the church’s interior.
The experience lasts around 40 minutes in total and ends with a 15-minute seated sequence in the church. However, you’re welcome to stay as long as you like to fully absorb the experience and make the most of the light show. You’ll find refreshments on offer at the outdoor Courtyard Café & Bar during your visit, which you can enjoy before or after the show.
Life is produced and presented by artist and sculptor Peter Walker. Walker is the Artistic Director at Luxmuralis. Their sound and light installations create the stained-glass windows of our time, bringing to life stories and concepts in a way that stained glass did generations before. Luxmuralis aim to bring art to everyone, and join together the contemporary and the ancient — providing the public with access to visual artwork in unexpected places.
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When: 30th January – 3rd February 2024. Timed slots run every 15 minutes from 5.30pm to 9.45pm
Where: St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. You’ll find the entrance in the courtyard at the rear of the church
£: Tickets cost £8 – £12. Tickets for under 16s are £5 and under 2s don’t need a ticket. Booking in advance is recommended
More info: www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org