Seeing the city in a new light

We had heard on the news that there’s a light festival in London and Mummy thought we should go to see them.  They only come on in the evening when it is dark enough to show off the light installations.

They are spread out in four different parts of London. Last night we went to the installations around Piccadilly, Regent Street and St. James’s.

The first one we saw was at Oxford Circus from afar –IMG_0594As we got closer to this light installation, it was simply breathtakingly beautiful!  It sways with the wind and changes colours.IMG_0587This is 1.8 London by Janet Echelman of Studio Echelon.

We tried to take a selfie but every time Georgie was in the photo, the light installation in the sky looked washed out because it needed so much exposure to take his photo! LOL!IMG_0584Whereas if it was just me, the photos turned out beautifully!IMG_0574We walked on in search for the next installation – and found this was at a Liberty’s window.
IMG_0596The dress changes colour all the timeIMG_0595This is part of three Dresses by Tae gon Kim – the other two are at King’s Cross.

We turned off into Carnaby Street and saw these light bulbs that changes colour – but we couldn’t find it on our map and not sure if they’re a part of Lumiere London.IMG_0601 IMG_0599 But we found the walking girl called –IMG_0603Shaida Walking. 2015 by Julian Opie on Broadwick Street.

We made our way back to Regent Street to follow the trail – and saw this wall of stick figures on the building facade.IMG_0609Part animation and part moving sculpture, Keyframes by Groupe LAPS was a light show to music.

Further along on Regent Street we saw two flying fishes “swimming” in the airIMG_0613Yes, Georgie – look at those fishes swimming towards you! And thankfully he has a colourful shirt on or he would have blended right into the night sky.IMG_0612 And as Regent Street curved, there was Elephantastic! We were looking for him and there he was enormous and stomping from a cloud of dust through the archway, trumpeting at us from above sounds of the jungle in London.IMG_0619He is so big that the back of him was on the other side of the building. And still trumpeting!IMG_0636Elephantastic is by Top’là Design.

Now this is not one of the Lumiere London installations but at Piccadilly Circus and these lights are on every night, every day of every year.IMG_0625As we turned into Piccadilly we saw lanterns in the skyIMG_0628and more flying fishesIMG_0641And then we saw this lady and realised she was flying the fishes!  Not all of them but just one of them.
IMG_0633These dancing fishes and lanterns are called Les Lumineoles.

Further along at 195 Piccadilly, huge murals were projected on the building.IMG_0653These animation by NOVAK that were projected refers to the origins of the building – the home of the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters.

As we walked towards St. James’s, we started to find illuminated figures sitting on top of buildings IMG_0654This series of human forms illuminated against the night sky, called Le Voyageurs can be found sitting on rooftops or frozen mid-air in flight.IMG_0663 IMG_0664And this one we like – was so cool! An illuminated man flying in mid-air with nature’s own light installation – the moon in the sky.IMG_0670May’s comment:  Rather magical  especially on a cold January night when all the Christmas lights have been dimmed – this is a really nice way to break the monotony of winter. We missed a couple of them in the area. Let’s see if we have the tenacity to find more this weekend.

Lumiere London is a major new light festival that over four evenings, transforms many of the capital’s most iconic streets and buildings in the West End and King’s Cross. It brings together some of the world’s most exciting artists working with light. Expect large-scale video-mapped projections, interactive pieces and jaw-dropping installations.”lumiere-logoProduced by Artichoke, Lumiere London is on every evening from 6:30-10:30pm till this Sunday, 17 January.

10 Comments

  1. Julia

    Wish it was on for longer as I’m in London on Tuesday!

  2. Tina

    Just lovely. Wow Miss Darcy you all must have been exhausted after. Nothing better than s potter around our beautiful city.

  3. Rusty

    Mummy is going to try take me tonight

    Xx

  4. Jill Keiser

    Thanks for the tour. We would have missed out being in North Carolina.

  5. Cheryl

    First I must apologize, I’ve been reading your wonderful blog for a few months now and this is my comment, I am sorry. Darcy and Georgie’s adventures are magnificent.
    Second, I was showing my husband all your great pictures of Lumiere London, when on the morning news what should appear but a story on the Lumiere London, because of you I was in the know first, thank you.
    We are in love with London, we try to visit at least once a year and now I know all the places to go to get my dog fix when I’m there. I’ve enjoyed learning about new places to explore. I hope to see you on the streets of London when we are there again.

    • Miss Darcy

      Gosh, Cheryl, there’s no need to apologise. We are so glad you enjoy
      reading it.
      When you come to London, let us know and we would love to meet you. Where
      do you live?
      May x

  6. Laura Cordovano

    May is this something that goes on every year? It’s wonderful!

    • Miss Darcy

      Lumiere started in Durham a few years ago, I believe but this is the first year it is in London and quite a success by the looks of it. I am sure it will grow to be bigger every year. As it is, it is amazing – some of the installations span the length of the street – and all the shops were open late for it too. It’s a good idea for the January Blues.

  7. Rita and Gracie (springador)

    Thank you for sharing your many adventures. .my granddaughter went to London today for a theatre trip I do hope they got the chance to see some of the illuminationsmaller afterwards too. Xx

  8. Liz

    Thank you May, Darcy and Georgie, for sharing your wonderful light show adventures. It looks really amazing.

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