Leuchtende Themse: Illuminated River von Leo Villareal und Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
© Illuminated River, Leo Villareal Studio, 2018
The Thames will shine this summer. Implementation of the Illuminated River measure is now starting up, two years after the project was originally announced. The public light installation by the artist Leo Villareal and the architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is to unite a total of 15 London bridges – from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge in the City – into a single shining artwork.
The project, which is funded by third-party sources, will be executed in phases, with the first bridges to be illuminated this summer; it is planned to have the final ones lit up by 2022. Illuminated River underscores the cultural significance of the bridges as links between north and south London in a celebratory gesture. The project also accentuates individual architectural elements of the frequently overlooked engineering of the individual bridges.
The sequencing of sequential colour and light patterns is to recall paintings of the Thames by artists of the English Romantic period and Impressionist masters. In a stance against the increase of light pollution in the British capital, energy-efficient LED lamps and customised software will be used in the Illuminated River project.
Cost consultant: Core Five
Principal designer: PFB Ltd
EIA consultant: Temple Group
Ecology consultant: Thomson Ecology
Planning consultant: Montagu Evans
Structural engineering: Price & Myers
Marine engineering: Beckett Rankine
MEP engineering: Atelier Ten
Lighting manufacturers: Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) Community engagement: Iceni
Measured survey: MSA Ltd
Bats and birds survey: The Wildlife Trusts