Canary Wharf Worships the Sun with Dazzling New Outdoor Art

Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights is a hugely popular annual festival that brightens up the darkest of months, but this summer, the sun takes centre stage…

Lead image: Hymn to the Big Wheel by Liz West is part of Canary Wharf’s Summer Lights

For the first time, the district introduces Summer Lights, a new collection of installations that use a combination of the sun and colour spectrums to shine a light on a number of themes from sustainability and energy consumption to LGBTQIA+ and equality.

The outdoor summer exhibition is free to visit and will explode into life from sunrise with 11 visually dazzling artworks that play with light, colour and shade, created by some of the UK’s leading light artists.

Among the line-up of vibrant works is Ocean Rise by artist Aphra Shemza. Built using sustainable materials, the shape of the piece emulates a wave in the ocean and is accompanied by a bespoke soundscape accessed through a QR code.

Whirl by Helena Doyle X Tom Cherry & Temple is another highlight, transforming the wind into a dynamic dance of colour and light. Sitting beneath the domed structure, the audience can enjoy the mesmerising light show overhead.

Open for eight weeks from June until mid-August and positioned across the Canary Wharf estate, the unique festival encourages visitors to soak up the sun and explore the installations at their own leisure.

The selected artworks are the latest additions to the Estate’s public art collection – the largest collection of free-to-visit public art in the UK with more than 75 permanent works on display across the Estate.

Summer Lights runs until 21 August 2021. Download the Summer Lights map from