Canary Wharf is East London’s financial district which puts on a series of events throughout the year, January 16th saw the launch of the 2017 Winter Lights Festival which offers some 30 spectacular light installations throughout the area. The sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers from around the world who present work in the many different forms of light technology.
Some of the highlights include:
This large light installation comes to the UK for the first time for Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. On entering Ovo, visitors are surrounded by light and soundscapes.
On Your Wavelength
On Your Wavelength has been developed specifically for Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. This interactive light sculpture and music installation is controlled by a participant’s mind via an EEG headset. As their thought patterns change, the electrical data from their brain is used to control the music and create intricate light patterns, which illuminate a large-scale light tunnel fitted with over 30,000 LEDs.
This interactive installation interprets sound and visitor footprint by taking the form of a digital scanner, becoming a representation of the data trail that we leave behind us wherever we go. When a visitor enters Passage’s detection field they are scanned to form a 3D pixel picture accompanied by a unique noise footprint, frozen briefly in the moment before disappearing to make way for the next visitor’s data.
Water Wall is an interactive installation that explores the relationship of movement, shape and sound through the mediums of light and water. A mist screen transforms water into a canvas for bright projections, allowing movement and sound. The images projected onto the mist screen seemingly float over the surface of the water creating a dynamically changing immersive experience.
Cathedral of Mirrors
Twelve towering columns of light respond to visitors’ movements via high-tech sensors. Pulses of light are sent racing through the columns generating more light energy as people congregate. Cathedral of Mirrors envelops viewers in a three-dimensional field of light where they themselves become part of the expression.
Access to the illuminations is free which are in different locations throughout Canary Wharf and you can download the brochure here to find out more about the festival and the whole list of illuminations and locations.
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