London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, just announced that Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ submission curated by Future\Pace, has won the Illuminated River International Design Competition. Congratulations to the entire “Current” team!
"The Illuminated River will breathe new life into the Thames and create a dazzling outdoor gallery for Londoners to enjoy each night." - The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
View an online exhibition of all six shortlisted designs here now. Members of the public are encouraged to leave comments on the proposals. Competition organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.
Partners: Atelier Ten, Beckett Rankine, Bradley Hemmings, Core Five, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, MBNA Thames Clippers, Montagu Evans, Pentagram, Price & Myers Location: London.
A public showcase, The Illuminated River Exhibition, will be held at the Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX) between Wednesday 9th – Tuesday 29th November. It will be located on Level 3, Blue Side, and open 10am – 10pm daily. Attendance is free.
Leo Villareal, the artist who created The Bay Lights (a monumental public art installation on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge), architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and curators Future\Pace (a partnership between Futurecity and Pace gallery to curate public realm art works in ‘galleries without walls’) present a transformational artwork, in three stages, designed to enliven the Thames using dynamic light.
Villareal’s ambitious composition integrates light and colour on the seventeen bridges, from Tower Bridge to Albert Bridge, creating a sensitive, interactive and site-specific interplay with the river.
A strategic scheme along both banks will control commercial lighting and introduce the setting for future cultural projects.
Additional elements include a ground-breaking partnership between the MBNA Thames Clippers and artists Random International, immersive installations by Japanese technologists teamLab and other opportunities that foster community and diversity.
The project applies contemporary artist-created software to provide a kinetic programme harnessing the universal power of light an inviting meaningful and accessible public engagement in the heart of London.
Read more about the competition here.