Congratulations to Leo Villareal on the unveiling of the first four bridges of Illuminated River! London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges are now lit up in unison, with sequenced LED patterns subtly unfolding across each unique structure. Once completed, the ambitious commission will see a total of 15 bridges lit along the Thames—the result of an unparalleled collaboration between London-based and international creative talent, local authorities and partners.
"With Illuminated River, the largest artwork I’ve ever conceived, I’m hoping to follow in the footsteps of Monet, Turner and Whistler and reveal the truly unique, inspiring and poetic character of the Thames. Studying the river and the history of London for the last three years was a fantastic experience that changed me and allowed me to grow as an artist. The integrated nuances and motions across the bridges create a unified piece that celebrates and enhances the river as a continuous living entity. I’m both delighted and humbled by the completion of this initial phase and I can’t wait for the public to experience the first four bridges.”—Leo Villareal
Read more about the project in The Art Newspaper.