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The weather has been grey and miserable but there is light at the end of the tunnel in many different forms with the return of the Winter Lights Festival which features spectacular light installations and interactive art throughout Canary Wharf.
Abstract, Collectif Coin, Montgomery Square – France
Artists from across the world showcase installations that can be interactive, performance art or visual spectacles.Light technology has moved on in recent years and many of the sculptures and installations are created so the viewer can interact in some way.
Braving the cold, I went for a quick walk around some of the installations to give a quick preview what is on offer.
Sonic Light Bubble, Eness, Jubilee Plaza
This six-metre wide living, breathing installation pulsates with light and sound when you approach or touch it, emitting a warm glow through 236 programmed LEDs as it constantly generates new visual patterns to a unique soundtrack.
Halo, Venividimultiplex, Cabot Square
See Cabot Square in a new light as a giant Halo seems to levitate above the fountain creating a powerful light experience.
The Cube, Ottotto, Cubitt Steps
This exploded cube of light symbiotically bonds with the pedestrian bridge at the bottom of Cubitt Steps. During the day it is an intriguing black and white abstract skeleton, but from sunset the faces of this 3sqm cube reflect and frame the adjacent scenery
Apparatus Florius, Tom Dekyvere, Westferry Circus
Apparatus Florius will illuminate the trees of Westferry Circus with a multi-coloured light installation featuring giant geometric patterns that grow and intersect as you watch. The structure symbolises the instinctive flow of a plant, taking over the city in search of light to be able to expand and create natural space.
Intrude, Amanda Parer, Jubilee Park
Some huge inflatable white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light, have been invading festivals around the world. The seven metre high bunnies appear to be quite at home in Canary Wharf!
Some of the indoor installations to look out for.
On your Wavelength, Marcus Lyall, UK
Reflecting Holons, Michiel Martens & Jetske Visser, Netherlands
Future Fashion, Cutecircuit, UK
Appealing to families, young and the old, the Winter Lights Festival is free and will run from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 27th January 2018.
The best time to see most of the installations and light affects is after 5pm with the lights closing down at 10pm. If you need a warm drink or a bite to eat, there are plenty of options around the Canary Wharf estate.