Who doesn’t like looking a pretty lights, even if you gotta be out in the 4 degree cold? (Readers from Scotland, colder parts of Europe and anywhere else that might mock me for my meekness, I fully accept my inability to cope with the cold!) From 14th January until this Sunday 17th January, Lumiere London brings a spectacular showcase of light inspired art and intrigue.
The festival of light is located at 4 sites across London. I had an hour to kill before meeting Liz for a late night play near Kings Cross, so I thought I’d try and see as much as I could.
Credit: Lumiere London
Since I didn’t have that much time, I headed for what I figured was the main hub around King’s Cross station. If you take the Pancras Road exit you’ll find yourself at the first installation ‘IFO (Identified Flying Object)’. Then from there, stroll up King’s Boulevard and across the canal towards Granary Square. Don’t worry, you can’t miss them and you can even pick up a handy map to guide you just in case.
I’d recommend giving yourself at least a couple of hours to enjoy everything properly and more if you want to travel between sites. Not just so that you’re not rushing from one installation to another, but also because it will get a fairly busy. I didn’t quite have time to watch the ‘Circus of Light’ show or to walk through the ‘Litre of Light’ installation.
It’s still on tonight and tomorrow (16th/17th January 2016) from 6:30pm-10:30pm so head out into central London if you can. It’s very child friendly (they’ll love ‘Light Graffiti’), but if you have very little ones you might want to consider bringing the body sling instead. I did spot a few strollers having a bit of a hard time with the crowds.
Here are just a few shots from the Kings Cross area. My camera can’t quite do them justice so I fully recommend you go out and see them in person!
IFO (Identified Flying Object) – Jaques Rival
Light Graffiti – Floating Pictures
binaryWaves – Lab[AU]
Litre of Light – Mick Stephenson, Central Saint Martin's Students & MyShelter Foundation
Dresses – Tae Gon Kim
Spectra-3: Lux – Field.io