The Top 5 Artist Installations at Lumiere London 2016

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Londoners saw the city in a new light this past weekend. As natural light faded into night, London’s dark skies were lit up by over thirty stunning light installations. Lumiere London 2016 was a free light festival showcasing talented artists’ and their installations across the city of London. From Mayfair to King’s Cross to Trafalgar Square and back, London was made into a canvas for anyone willing to stop in their tracks and take a minute to look up.

The light festival, produced by Artichoke, received overwhelming crowds and success. Here are our ten favorite installations from Lumiere this year:

1 1.8 London by Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman used NASA data of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami to create a 3D light installation. The monumental moment shortened an entire earth day by 1.8 microseconds. Echelman lit up Oxford Circus to commemorate and bring attention the natural disasters' incredible impact.

2 Les Voyageurs by Cedric Le Borgne

Cedric Le Borgne connects dreams and reality with his use of lit human forms in the night sky. Find Les Voyageurs suspended in mid air, hanging on rooftops, and bridging our vision from ground to sky.

3 Platonic Spin by Nathaniel Rackowe

Nathaniel Rackowe tests perception with his interactive artwork. His Platonic Spin plays with movement in an entirely motionless installation. Each rectangular form lights up in increasing speeds until it appears as a single moving form. It caused viewers to question their ability to distinguish what their eyes can see and what it is in reality.

4 King’s Cross Tunnel by Miriam Sleeman, Tom Sloan, Allies & Morrison, Speirs + Major

Taking your everyday tunnel and turning it into art is Miriam Sleeman, Tom Sloan, and Allies & Morrison in collaboration with Speirs + Major. The King’s Cross Tunnel is now lined with an LED lightwall that encourages pedestrians to take the scenic route. This collaboration shows that sometimes the purpose of art is actually just to give people something to look at, and look forward to, on their daily commute.

5 Aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille

Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille have taken one of London's traditional telephone booths and turned it into art. The signature red booth has become a symbol of the city for decades reminding us of the way things used to be. You know, before smartphones and all. Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille invite you to escape the norm and even for just a moment, enter a new reality.
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