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'Festival of Light' Illuminates Wintry Streets of London

IN PICTURES: London's dark winter nights are shining a little brighter as an after-dark art exhibition gets underway featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as their main medium.

Lumiere London features more than 50 works by British and overseas artists, located in public spaces, buildings and on the streets. The artists who have created works include Tracey Emin, Alaa Minawi, Julian Opie and Miguel Chevalier.

"We've basically taken the center of London and turned it into a giant, outdoor art gallery," said Helen Marriage, artistic director of Lumiere London.

"There are 58 installations all created by artists working with light in wonderful and extraordinary ways and people are free to wander; it's free to experience."

The works themselves comprise a range of installations, including a giant desk lamp in King's Cross, a triangular tunnel of light on the South Bank and one of London's iconic telephone boxes turned into an illuminated fish tank in Seven Dials.

Lumiere London runs until January 21.

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Visitors to the South Bank walk through The Wave, by Vertigo, one of several light installations placed around the capital which together form the Lumiere London festival.
Visitors to the South Bank walk through The Wave, by Vertigo, one of several light installations placed around the capital which together form the Lumiere London festival. Photo:REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A visitor views "Supercube," by Stephane Masson, at the nocturnal arts festival.
A visitor views "Supercube," by Stephane Masson, at the nocturnal arts festival. Photo:REUTERS/Hannah McKay
"The Umbrella Project" by Cirque Bijou, from the UK, is seen lighting up the London night.
"The Umbrella Project" by Cirque Bijou, from the UK, is seen lighting up the London night. Photo:REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A visitor takes a photograph on their mobile phone of "Harmonic Portal," by Chris Plant.
A visitor takes a photograph on their mobile phone of "Harmonic Portal," by Chris Plant. Photo:REUTERS/Hannah McKay
"Voyage," by Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein.
"Voyage," by Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein. Photo:REUTERS/Hannah McKay
"Spectral," by Katarzyna Malejka and Joachim Slugocki.
"Spectral," by Katarzyna Malejka and Joachim Slugocki. Photo:REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Visitors at Oxford Circus view "Origin of the World Bubble 2018," by Miguel Chevalier.
Visitors at Oxford Circus view "Origin of the World Bubble 2018," by Miguel Chevalier. Photo:REUTERS/Hannah McKay
"My light is your light," by Alaa Minawi.
"My light is your light," by Alaa Minawi. Photo:REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Bus passengers pass French artist Patrice Warrener
Bus passengers pass French artist Patrice Warrener's "The Light of the Spirit (Chapter 2)" illumination on Westminster Abbey. Photo:REUTERS
"Asalto London," by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar, is projected onto Westminster City Hall.
"Asalto London," by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar, is projected onto Westminster City Hall. Photo:Reuters
People ride bicycles to generate the electricity to illuminate "The Rose," by Mick Stephenson, outside Westminster Cathedral.
People ride bicycles to generate the electricity to illuminate "The Rose," by Mick Stephenson, outside Westminster Cathedral. Photo:Reuters
A light sculpture representing a badger is seen as part of "Nightlife," by Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company, in Leicester Square Gardens.
A light sculpture representing a badger is seen as part of "Nightlife," by Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company, in Leicester Square Gardens. Photo:Reuters
Crowds view "Flamingo Flyway," by Lantern Company with Jo Pocock.
Crowds view "Flamingo Flyway," by Lantern Company with Jo Pocock. Photo:Reuters
Spectators view "Child Hood," by Collectif Coin from France, in Trafalgar Square.
Spectators view "Child Hood," by Collectif Coin from France, in Trafalgar Square. Photo:Reuters
Sculptures entitled "Nightlife," by Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company, in Leicester Square Gardens.
Sculptures entitled "Nightlife," by Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company, in Leicester Square Gardens. Photo:Reuters
Published 20 January 2018
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