Luminescent hopscotch and 25-metre projections of marching elephants are set to ignite Canary Wharf as the Winter Lights Festival returns this January with an important message…
Lead image: Submergence Aeolian Light by Squidsoup, commissioned by Quays Culture
Running from 15-26 January 2019, the fifth iteration of the festival will also see an eclectic mix of fresh and returning artworks, installations and experiences to Canary Wharf.inner child and play hopscotch on newly commissioned piece, Light, Stone, Pavement. The chalk is replaced by a glowing outline of electric luminescent ribbon triggered by your progression throughout the game.
Also new this year is Squidsoup’s walkthrough experience, Submergence, which is made up of 24,000 individual points of suspended lights – the largest ever version of their artwork shown.
In response to this year’s theme of sustainability and waste reduction, many of the pieces displayed have been crafted using recycled and sustainable materials, while others also portray strong messages about recycling and climate change.
Whale Ghost, for example, is an 18 metre silhouette of a whale that encourages you to think about the effect of humans on our biodiversity. The piece, by French creative studio Pitaya, is making its UK debut at Canary Wharf Winter Light Festival.
Floating Islands by Mürüde Mehmet is made from plastic bottles by children of Tower Hamlets and painted in fluorescent colours. The vibrant floating island sculptures will drift down streams in Jubilee Park to show the waste created by plastic.
Elsewhere, Recyclism by Art of OK evokes a deep underlying message of showing the world how to transform our waste into beautiful and useful objects.
By incorporating themes around the relationship between everyday materials and the environment, we want to continue pushing the conversation about waste across all generations through inspiring artworks
‘To mark the fifth year of the Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, we wanted to capture the atmosphere of the nation in moving towards a more sustainable future and have collated artworks which are profound in their creation and appearance,’ said Keith Watson, Visual Arts curator of Canary Wharf Group plc.
Returning to Winter Lights Festival is the perennial favourite bit.fall by Julius Popp. Using sophisticated water-valve technology, a series of illuminated droplets fall from the air to form words, with each sourced from the live newsfeed of thetimes.co.uk
Also, don’t miss Prismatica by RAW Design at Jubilee Plaza. These 50 pivoting prisms act as enormous kaleidoscopes showing mesmerising displays of City life, with dancing colours reaching a crescendo after sunset. Walk among this modern ice palace as this Canadian-born piece projects every colour of the spectrum.
And of course, as with any event worth its salt, there’ll be a variety of food trucks serving up sustenance, including Nazari, which combines the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods; Pulled, with its roasted meats and killer coleslaw; and Grate Rostis, offering a variety of toppings and flavours for the Swiss potato dish.
Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf is a free event running from 15-26 January. Most works are best viewed from dusk, with installations switched off at around 10pm each day. See canarywharf.com