Crowds have been braving the freezing temperatures to get a last glance at a fascinating light exhibition in Canary Wharf, which ends tomorrow, Friday January 22.
18 different illuminated installations form an interactive artwork, showcasing technology in the modern world, which can be viewed from many different angles.
Festival director Keith Watson said: “This rich, diverse exhibition of light demonstrates some of the most creative light installations that will appeal to art-lovers, families or simply people looking for something interesting and free to do after work.”
Organisers suggest the free exhibition is best experienced between 4pm and 9pm when viewers can see the sky changing behind the artwork.
Artist Tom Wilkinson, whose ‘Light Sphere I’ is on display in Adams Plaza, said: “I am fascinated by light, the whole physics of it, and that’s why it inspires me. Winter Lights Festival is engaging and scintillating and captivating.”
Goldsmiths graduate Paul Thursfield created ‘Aura ’ which represents the emotional affects of sound, video, color and light. It is on show in Crossrail Place.
For Nathaniel Rackowe, creator of ‘The Luminous City’, making sure that technology did not overpower the overall artwork was important. He said: “When you have a sculpture combining structure and light, you should let the materiality, the light, and the movement take centre stage.”
Syrian artist Alaa Minawi’s installation ‘My Light is Your Light’ in Jubilee Park shows solidarity with Syrian refugees. The neon lights depict a family of six, fleeing hopelessly.
The glittering images dotted around Canary Wharf’s already glittering towers found favour with onlookers. Londoner Ben Meson said he had already viewed one by Julius Popp, previously on display in China, adding: “In 2008, I saw the ‘bit.fall’ artwork in Beijing. It was in Chinese instead of English, but it was still cool.”
“It’s the most colourful night I’ve ever had in some time”, said Daniella who works in the creative arts field.
The Winter Lights Festival will end this Friday, however Rackowe’s ‘The Luminous City’ will stay on display until February 12.
Our reporter Hsin-Jui Lin (Grace) went to check it out:
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