30 spectacular light installations throughout Canary Wharf
These sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology. Together the artists represent four continents across the world with installations that are interactive, performance art or visual spectacles to be admired from afar.
Appealing to art lovers, families, young and the old, there is something for everyone from dusk and all for free. The installations and light affects come alive during the evening 4-9pm* so join us on a dark January evening and experience a wealth of inventive and spectacular light effects and sculptures that will illuminate the Canary Wharf skyline.
*Note: Though many of the exhibits are accessible throughout the day, there is no access to the indoor exhibits at Crossrail Place Level -3 until 4pm
Working across a range of media such as sculpture, film, performance and collage; American-born artist Liliane Lijn investigates language, mythology, light and matter. The cone or ‘koan’ has been her focus since the 1960s, explored in differing scales and materials. This exhibition focusses on her sculpture, both static and kinetic, including work using the medium of light.
UK • www.lilianelijn.com
A new commission by light and text artist Elisa Artesero for Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. A cluster of glowing neon words appears to be floating in the dark among the foliage in Jubilee Park. The words make up a fleeting poem that reflects the transient effect of the floating neon.
This travelling light art installation connects people by revealing their beauty irrespective of colour, creed, ethnicity, age, or social status – everyone is an angel in their own way! Find the five angels, interact with them and become an angel yourself!
Israel • www.oge-group.com
In a change to locations shown on the map, Angels of Freedom can be found in Jubilee Park & Jubilee Place only
This large light installation comes to the UK for the first time for Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. On entering OVO, visitors are surrounded by light and soundscapes. Its dynamic form is a combination of 24 crossed spiral pairs based on the Golden Proportion that is present everywhere in the universe, from infinitely small in the DNA helix to infinitely large in the cyclical movement of planets and galaxies. Four artists created OVO: Mostafa Hadi and Pol Marchandise (Odeaubois) designed the sculpture; Koert Vermeulen (ACT Lighting Design) conceived the lighting design and Marcos Viñals Bassols (Art Director) shaped the global scenography.
Belgium • www.ovo-art.be
The world’s foremost award and tour for digital art, The Lumen Prize is proud to present digitally designed moving and still images from its 2016 prize-winning and shortlisted artists. Presented in Lumen’s bespoke Cargo Cinema specially designed for Winter Lights at Canary Wharf.
International • www.lumenprize.com
Tall, slightly curved vertical tubes stand proudly in Canary Wharf’s environment. A light sap appears to flow slowly from the bottom to the top of each reed changing them into strange gigantic living forms. Their towering height makes the viewer feel small and plays with this scale difference.
France • www.pitaya.fr
On Your Wavelength has been developed specifically for Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. This interactive light sculpture and music installation is controlled by a participant’s mind via an EEG headset. As their thought patterns change, the electrical data from their brain is used to control the music and create intricate light patterns, which illuminate a large-scale light tunnel fitted with over 30,000 LEDs.
UK + Australia • www.marcuslyall.co.uk
Origin is an interactive sound and light installation that functions through the use of the electricity naturally produced from the bodies of the participants. Through this we are given the opportunity to experience a world of light and sound created by our own physicality.
Germany • www.origin-light-sound.com
This 3D interactive work explores the nature of material changes. The software-driven artwork creates subtle moving interplay between two triangle graphs in response to movement within the space, resulting in stunning patterns unique to each audience.
UK • www.ronandevlin.com
The inspiration behind Max Patté’s series of lightworks was a personal journey – in every sense. For the past decade, British-born Max has been working in his adopted homeland of New Zealand. During his regular travels along the North Island’s distinctive southern coastline he was captivated by the constant tuning of colour and light and began experimenting with the light genre in 2014. Haze represents his newest body of work in the series.
UK + New Zealand • www.maxpatte.com
This interactive installation interprets sound and visitor footprint by taking the form of a digital scanner, becoming a representation of the data trail that we leave behind us wherever we go. When a visitor enters Passage’s detection field they are scanned to form a 3D pixel picture accompanied by a unique noise footprint, frozen briefly in the moment before disappearing to make way for the next visitor’s data.
France • www.bonjour-lab.com
Light Movements comprises a series of photograms in box-frames lit by colour changing LED lights. As the lights change our perception of the photogram’s colour and form is altered. Coloured light that had been fixed now appears indefinable, in a perpetual state of transition. The over-exposed spots of light seem to pulsate, increasing or decreasing in size depending on their fixed colour and the colour of the light cast upon them. These changes create the optical illusion of motion as the spots appear to advance and recede before our eyes.
UK • www.neilshirreff.com
Aphra Shemza is a London based media artist working with abstraction, interactivity and light. Seeking to express herself through radical new technologies, Shemza’s work explores the way in which we might use these tools to imagine what the role of art could be in the future.
The way in which the viewer responds to the work is key to how it is produced, it is through their presence that the works come to life. In using these interactive devices Shemza’s work is accessible to everyone, no matter what their age, education or background.
UK • www.aphrashemza.com
Camilo’s light sculptures offer a close look into the concepts of mass culture and media. Neon & Mirrors confronts the viewer with the duality of what is seen and its underlying meaning. Camilo’s installations are playful and full of imagination; he is constantly challenging us with the meaning of words and the possibilities of their reflection.
Colombia • www.maddoxarts.com
Nonotak Studio is the collaborative project of illustrator Noemi Schipfer and architect/musician Takami Nakamoto. They work with light and sound installations and performance pieces to create ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environments, which are built to envelop the viewer. Shiro capitalises on Nakamoto’s approach to space and sound and Schipfer’s skill with kinetic visual and complex geometric illustrations.
Live performances on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Space is limited and unreserved so please arrive early.
France • www.nonotak.com
Artist and creator Mateo M has devised this installation of digital painting techniques with projection. As visitors enter Digital Skin they are invited to digitally paint on one another and to create their own personal compositions of animated colour and pattern. The result is a video portrait and a unique piece of art that can be saved and then shared on social media.
France + Canada • www.mateom.com
Lorna McNeill unites light, digital and interactive technologies with fine art and sculpture. Transforming from Stardust enacts the enthralling creative Journey of the Universe, and consists of four fibre optic based sculptures with a time based moving light sequence. Each sculpture connects to a cosmic process which simultaneously happens within each human being and within their lifecycle.
This installation, co-created by children from George Green’s School on the Isle of Dogs, pays homage to the distinctive pyramidal apex of One Canada Square and the Liter of Light project that brings light to places where electricity is not an option. Mick spent over 20 years in the music industry but always maintained a strong interest in working with light and has created a number of successful light installations and exhibitions throughout the UK.
Cosmic Radiophone is a large illuminated musical instrument that offers visitors the opportunity to play the sound of the Big Bang. The sound employed in this light and sonic time machine is derived from the work of Professor Mark Whittle of the University of Virginia, USA and highlights the close proximity of the cosmic to our daily existence.
Luminous colour and radiant light mixed with the environment in seven large-scale prisms invite visitors to explore their relationship with colour and the science of light. By replicating the diversion of white light, pure saturated colour drenches the space to form a vivid, sensory experience. Dichroic glass is used within the structures to create a sense of movement as the viewer explores the work in greater depth.
Commissioned by Natural History Museum London as part of Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature
UK • www.liz-west.com
A permanent installation of more than 500 illuminated acrylic rods installed in a water channel, this engaging art work was commissioned by Canary Wharf in 2015. Viewed from above, the programmed illumination regularly changes colour and frequency throughout the day and evening.
Twelve towering columns of light respond to visitors’ movements via high-tech sensors. Pulses of light are sent racing through the columns generating more light energy as people congregate. Cathedral of Mirrors envelops viewers in a three-dimensional field of light where they themselves become part of the expression.
This installation was originally commissioned for Quays Culture’s Lightwaves in 2015
Denmark • www.madschristensen.info
Water Wall is an interactive installation that explores the relationship of movement, shape and sound through the mediums of light and water. A mist screen transforms water into a canvas for bright projections, allowing movement and sound. The images projected onto the mist screen seemingly float over the surface of the water creating a dynamically changing immersive experience.
USA • www.gregstpierre.com
Imagine a thousand globes of light, each on a stalk and swaying gently in the breeze. The lights visualise waves of energy flowing across the space, responding in synchronicity to sudden changes in ambience, acknowledging the depths of winter yet anticipating a still distant spring. Additionally each node is location-aware and able to communicate, which allows it to be part of an overall coherent effect and choreography.
UK + Australia • www.squidsoup.org
This fusion of light graffiti and object mapping transforms almost any object into a live painting canvas – be it a car, a building or piece of furniture. With special light sources creating stunning light graffiti in rapid speed, visitors become part of the art.
*20 – 22 January only
An ever-changing cascade of words derived from a live newsfeed on The Times website falls down in a wall of water. Using sophisticated technology, a series of valves open at exactly the right moment to let droplets of water fall to form letters. The words appear in mid-air, illuminated as they fall into the water below, but only perceptible for a brief moment before dissolving. All that remains are the associations formed in the viewer’s mind. Julius Popp’s bit.fall has been purchased for Canary Wharf’s permanent art collection, through the auspices of Illuminate Productions.
Germany • www.sphericalrobots.org
Using ancient and near-forgotten goldsmithing methods and customised engraving tools, the traditional techniques of producing guilloche have been applied to marble stone. The geometric patterns so created have then been highlighted using LED technology, and the jewellery’s sensors beautifully respond to movement and light as they are worn.
Germany • www.franziskavogt.com
Illuminated benches return to Canary Wharf but this time in greater numbers and on a permanent basis! Ten benches add a new dimension to the experience of taking the weight of your feet. Get comfortable, watch the world go by and enjoy the skaters gliding round the ice rink at Canary Wharf.
Germany • www.lichtbank.com
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