In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 – lights and interactive installations around central London

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

The UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere is produced by the London-based creative company Artichoke, and comprises of multiple standalone light art-installations across the capital.

The festival also sees iconic buildings and locations illuminated and animated.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

There’s an awful lot to see, and we only managed to see around half of what was on show – and even then only made it on the last day so couldn’t go back to capture the rest.

So here’s what we did manage to see, and some of it was very impressive indeed!

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Powered by cyclists, this wonderful installation at the Westminster Cathedral Piazza was called The Rose (by Mick Stephenson) and was made up from thousands of illuminated recycled plastic bottles.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Asalto London by Daniel Canogar was a video projection of climbers ascending a tall building.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

My favourite was The Light Of The Spirit by Patrice Warrener which ‘painted’ Westminster Abbey in striking vibrant colours, with animations bringing the building to life.

It was quite beautiful.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

The Wave by Vertigo on the Riverside Walkway lit up in response to people walking through the triangular sculpture.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Bottle Festoon by Community partners across London Boroughs, as seen in Bernie Spain Gardens on the Southbank.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Simon Corder’s Bough 1 on the OXO Tower Wharf.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Childhood by Collectif Coin in Trafalgar Square saw balloons illuminating in sequence to a moody soundtrack.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

A stairway to heaven? Echelle by Ron Haselden in St Martin-in-the-Fields.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Nightlife by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock filled Leicester Square Gardens.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

These were great! The Flamingo Flyway by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock, as seen around Chinatown.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Voyage by Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein beautifully illuminated the Hotel Café Royal with animated scenes.

It was a shame that its visual impact was lessened due to the proximity to the hideous new extra-bright advertising video screens that blast light across  Piccadilly Circus.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

The Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou was a heap of fun.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Plug and Bulbs by James Glancy Design on Ganton Street.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Origin of the world bubble by Miguel Chevalier hovered over Oxford Circus.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Impulse by Lateral Office and CS Design invited the public onto illuminated see saws on South Molton Street. It was ace!

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic in Grosvenor Square.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

As seen in Boomtown, Illumaphonium by Michael Davis was an illuminated sound structure that reacted to user interaction.

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

In photos: Lumiere festival 2018 - lights and interactive installations around central London, January 2018

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