Winter Lights presents 18 amazing light installations
The sculptures, structures and installations on display are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work using a great diversity of different forms of light technology. Together the artists represent four continents across the world with projects that are interactive, performance or visual spectacles to be admired from close up or from afar.
Appealing to art lovers, lighting enthusiasts, families, the young and the old, there is something for everyone as soon as dusk falls, and all for free.
Many pieces explore how we communicate in the modern world such as Julius Popp’s bit.fall that taps into live news feeds creating a digital typography waterfall and Bitone’s Totem that responds to the presence of mobile phone signals in the air around it. Other installations such as Jen Lewin’s The Pool encourages viewers to physically touch and engage with it and create visual and audio reactions.
Best seen after 4pm, all the installations and light effects will come alive throughout the evening until 9pm so join us on a dark January night and experience a wealth of inventive and spectacular creativity that will illuminate the Canary Wharf skyline.
Exhibiting Monday 11 – Friday 22 January
Italy, now based in UK • www.aether-hemera.com
Totem responds to the presence of mobile phone signals in the air around it, active or passive. The stronger and more numerous the signals the brighter and more vivid the sculpture appears. Exploring the hidden signals that surround us and keep us in touch with family, friends and work, Totem becomes an interactive conversation about the technology that underpins our societies.
Based in Ireland • www.raoulsimpsondesign.com
Aura (2014) is an interactive experience that allows people to connect with light and sound in new ways. Arising from a project by Paul Thursfield at Philips Lighting and Simon Rycroft at Goldsmiths College, its design explores the role of light in everyday life and continues Philips Lighting Design’s experimentation with emerging technologies in ways that affect people at an emotional level. Additional sound design for Aura (2014) is provided by Thomas Voyce.
Light Sphere I uses persistence of vision to create the illusion of light, magically sculpting a sphere in mid-air. Often using the spherical form, Tom considers it to be the purest form in the physical world, the shape of all matter. The LEDs in this installation are full colour spectrum RGB and capable of producing very subtle and pleasing colours. Light Sphere I, his earlier work Let’s Bounce and more recently Entanglement all explore the void at quantum level, with reference to the atom and its field of electrons.
UK • www.tomwilkinson.com
In today’s troubled world, my light is your light… was created as an act of solidarity with Syrian refugees. The silhouettes of a family of six hopelessly fleeing a conflict zone have been created in lines of neon light. The radiating glow of the sculptures acts as a tribute to all refugees who yearn for their extraordinary stories to be heard. Suggesting a glimmer of hope, it appears that the youngest figure in this group has discovered something interesting.
Palestine, now based in Lebanon • www.alaaminawi.tumblr.com
An 18ft high illuminated inflatable figure lands at Canary Wharf especially for this year’s Winter Lights. This installation is inspired by the cult science fiction film Fantastic Planet  that is set in the distant future in a world populated by gargantuan humanoids. The massive white creature gives you the impression that it has just landed and is quietly and gently exploring our fantastic planet.
Australia • www.amandaparer.com.au
Live newsfeeds are the source for a waterfall of words cascading into Middle Dock. Using sophisticated technology a series of valves let illuminated droplets of water fall to form letters and words that appear in mid-air. bit.fall is a metaphor for the incessant flood of information we experience each day, creating a play between technology and its relationship with the natural elements. The end result is a beautiful and spectacular visual experience.
Presented in collaboration with Illuminate Productions. 7-9am & 4-10pm daily
Germany • www.sphericalrobots.org
Moon is an interactive sculpture inspired by the enigmatic nature of lunar light. Through a window a moon is visible floating in the air. By touching the space outside the window the viewer can control the installation’s light creating mysterious visual effects.
With the support of Sick Sensors.
Canada • www.iregular.io
A Parallel Image acts like an electronic camera obscura that explores an alternative means of electronically transmitting moving images by sending every single pixel through a separate line. Gebhard Sengmüller’s installation, created in collaboration with Franz Büchinger, enables the viewer to physically witness the image transmitted between the camera and monitor using 2,500 cables.
Austria • www.gebseng.com
Echoing the natural process of photosynthesis, this poetic installation encourages the viewer to contemplate how essential light is for human well-being as well as creating a place of fantasy and imagination. Flawless is a shimmering curtain of falling elm leaves that glow with a green hue at night having absorbed the energy of sunlight through the chemical process of photoluminescence. This installation is particularly poignant given the devastating effects of Dutch elm disease.
Chile & France, now based in NL • www.flawlesslightinstallation.com
Giant concentric rings of touch-sensitive circular pads create an interactive environment like a huge playground. Whirlpools of light, colour and movement are created as you run, jump, step or hop onto the pads. Either alone or in groups, you can create mesmerising patterns of swirling and fading colours as you shift weight on The Pool’s pads or move from one pad to another.
USA • www.jenlewinstudio.com
Martin is interested in how art can improve the quality of life in cities, humanising and helping to give locations a sense of place. We Could Meet’s formality echoes a long tradition in art and produces an order where the informality of chance events is also permitted. As the lights change colour, the juxtapositions of our colour perception change as well – red in a field of blue appears different to the same red in an orange field.
Five illuminated circular pools float on the surface of Middle Dock. Take a closer look and each pool appears to be an endless vortex of light plunging down into the depths of the water. Stephen’s Infinity Pools are based on the Infinity Mirror principle and the effect produced is surprising and mystifying.
The Lumen Prize Exhibition, now in its fourth year, celebrates art created digitally around the world. Its goal is to celebrate the power and potential of this exciting genre through an annual competition and a global tour of works selected by a distinguished panel of judges. The shortlisted works and winners which form the Lumen Prize Exhibition’s 2015/16 global tour reach Canary Wharf as part of its Winter Lights festival after visiting Canada, Shanghai and New York City.
This exhibition, in the Lobby of One Canada Square until 12 February, complements the Winter Lights installations. Using industrial materials such as fluorescent tubing, breeze blocks and bitumen, Nathaniel creates large scale installations examining the interplay of light and structure in the built environment. His uncompromisingly minimal architectural forms have the raw beauty of shafts of streetlight falling on wet pavements.
The Luminous City is curated by the House of the Nobleman, a London-based international private dealership and curatorial art practice whose work ranges from producing exhibitions and events to art and design sourcing.
UK • www.rackowe.com
Exhibiting Monday 11 – Thursday 14 January
Chorus is a monumental performance-based installation of kinetic sound sculptures designed by Ray Lee for presentation in both urban and rural outdoor spaces. A series of giant metal tripods supporting rotating arms are spread throughout the audience along with a soundscape of precisely tuned musical pitches.
30 minute performances at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm until on 11, 12 & 13 January and at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm on Thursday 14 January
Tailored to suit each new location, Globoscope is an immersive installation composed of luminous spheres. Through a programme of digital sequences, using sound and light, the whole space becomes animated with each interconnected sphere representing a point or pixel in this digitised landscape. Mathematics, sound and light are all brought into play to represent, transform and augment the space offering spectators a surreal promenade.
With the cooperation of Insight Outside, originally at Lyon’s Fête des Lumières 2014
France • www.collectif-coin.com
Like a living entity, Liquid Space 6.1 detects people approaching and rotates in their direction. Stand beneath its bulbous ’head’ and your bravery is rewarded by coloured light and sound emitted from the installation’s three sides which shift in shape and size. This interactive sculpture, inspired by the fluid shape of water, is composed of a careful balance of springs and plastic tubes interwoven with LEDS, spotlights, speakers and sensors.
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