Illuminated River Installation to Light Up London’s Bridges

The Illuminated River Foundation has announced the initial stage of the #IlluminatedRiver public art commission, celebrating London’s historic links with the Thames

Illuminated River will reframe the Thames at night, lighting up London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges in summer 2019.

The major art commission will be delivered by artist Leo Villareal and architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, creating a legacy for London in an artwork that will be in place for at least 10 years.

The project celebrates the capital’s historical relationship with its river, the important role of our bridges in connecting communities on the north and south sides of the river, and will create new opportunities to explore the riverbanks.

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Works will to start in January 2019 and, when complete, the free and publicly accessible light installation will span up to 15 central London bridges, from Albert Bridge in west London to Tower Bridge in the City, unifying them in a single artwork.

The activation across the bridges will be phased, with a further section completing in 2020, and the full project delivered by 2022, subject to funding being secured.

The scheme has been developed in consultation and collaboration with over 50 organisations on and around the river, including the Port of London Authority, Historic England, Cross River Partnership and seven local authorities (City of London, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Southwark, RBKC, Lambeth, Wandsworth).

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