Admiring the lights of Lumiere London Kings Cross

For the second year running, Lumiere London came back to London’s gorgeous streets. It’s FREE and the festival runs from 18th – 21st January 2018, so ignore the cold, wrap up warm and get down there! 

Today we headed out to Lumiere London to the King’s Cross Installations in particular. I’ve listed where we stopped below and have included excerpts from the original Lumiere London programme. All my photos I snapped on my trust iphone 8 despite my fingers feeling like they were about to fall off! 

Once you exit from Kings Cross Station, you’ll be greeted by some volunteers, some of whom are “Lit up”… Obviously, so grab a map as you exit and have a quick look to see which way you want to follow the route. 

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We were immediately stopped by the IFO ( Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival ( France) on Battle Bridge Place. As the programme says, ” by day, this giant ‘birdcage’ frames the daily theatre of the street. While at night, it morphs into a luminous rainbow of colour, re -emitting the energy it accumulated during the day.”

We then walked down Kings Boulevard, stopping at Lampounette by TILT ( France) It’s a promenade of large colourful lamp spotlights  “Enjoy TILT’s surreal take on London’s latest cultural quarter with Lampounette, which pays homage to the iconic office desk lamp. The french artistic studio focuses on the exploration of light and its interplay with art, architecture and space.’

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From here we headed to Granary Square to see Waterlight by Daan Roosegarde ( The Netherlands) this was stunning to stand underneath, so make sure you walk right under it! Think Northern Lights – the blue variety!

This dream landscape considers  the power and poetry of water in our urban lives. Using the latest LED technology, Waterlicht imagines a virtual flood, revealing the height of potential flooding if we fail to control our climate. For a fully immersive experience, use your mobile devices and headphones to tune into the accompanying soundtrack.’

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Once you get past here, make sure you stop into one of the centres on the right, you can get glow sticks, get your face painted with neon paint and get your first couple of stickers for your programme. After that, we headed to the night market which was a myriad of great food and drink! From here we picked up our third sticker ( I know, I know – we were worse than the kids!) 

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We headed across over to Lewis Cubitt Park for Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi/KANVA ( Canada) In a strange way it was kind of peaceful, so captured your attention for a good while, you can then stroll through and come out of the other side. “Entre les rangs, a creation of kanva, is a tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass. Filling King’s Cross with thousands of illuminated flower – like reflectors, visitors can experience a sensory stroll around this unusual field. Created and produced with the support of Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal.”

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From here we headed to the Everyman Cinema on the corner and picked up our final sticker, which meant we could go back to the Night Market and pick up our glow in the dark candy floss! This was a big deal people! LOL 

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From here we headed to Gasholder Park and then to the Guardian Angels stop by Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis ( Greece). There was a lot of people round this one, so maybe your most challenging one to photograph as it’s probably one of the smallest.  “Unexpected and surprising, these watering lanterns will stop passers-by in their tracks. Appearing white by day, the collection of plastic watering cans will be suspended in mid air. At night, they’ll come to life, pouring out water made of fibre optic wire on the grass below. Guardian Angels highlights the importance of nature preservation and is an indirect tribute to gardeners.”

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From here we headed almost back to the start next to Google’s gorgeous offices and Universal Music, Four Pancras Square to see Dot by Philippe Morvan ( France). “See an enormous bank of light bulbs pulse and flash across the Square. The 175 light bulbs respond to a soundtrack composed specially for Lumiere London. Alongside the music, patterns start to appear – an ever – changing panorama of horizontal and vertical line, spheres and cubes. Supported by Universal Music.”

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This is a pretty buzzy area, with lots of places to eat and drink, so if you haven’t seen the new face of Kings Cross with the likes of Vinoteca and Dishoom. This is a great reason to go and have a look and perhaps finish off with dinner! 

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If you can’t quite get to Kings Cross, Check out the short video I put together for today’s visit! Did you go to Lumiere London? Which installations across London was your favourite? www.visitlondon.com/lumiere for more information about the festival.

 

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