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    Illuminated River 

    Illuminated River – The World’s Longest Public Art Commission

    London, UK


    To reinvigorate London’s famous River Thames bridges and to further differentiate the city as one of the world’s most attractive, leading capital cities, up to 14 of London’s iconic bridges will be lit.

     

    Main image: Final Design Concept © Leo Villareal Studio

    What we are doing now, in partnership with Signify, to transform the bridges and riverfront, is groundbreaking. We are using dynamic, energy-efficient LED lighting for the first time on up to 14 London Bridges with Signify’s Interact Landmark connected lighting system to create public art on the largest scale ever seen.”


    - Sarah Gaventa, Director, The Illuminated River Foundation

     

    Southwark Bridge © Leo Villareal Studio

    Customer challenge


    The aim was to create a holistic strategy to light up central London’s bridges, giving a multi-level visual experience viewed by pedestrians on the bridges, from London’s riverbanks, from the air, from tall buildings and by boat.

     

    Cannon Street Railway Bridge © Leo Villareal Studio

    Solution 

    The project was conceived by internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and British architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. It was technically realised by lighting design and consultancy company, Atelier Ten and delivered by the Illuminated River Foundation. The artwork has been sensitively developed, paying attention to heritage, wildlife and the built environment. It is a transformation that celebrates the role that the Thames bridges play in the enduring global identity of London and encourages people to enjoy the river and riverside at night.
     

    Color Kinetics LED luminaires have been used to light up the bridges with dynamic, artistic lighting effects. In addition, the connected bridge lighting is remotely monitored and managed via Interact Landmark. The software will detect and manage faults and perform remote diagnostics and maintenance, improving asset management and thereby reducing costs.

    Top Facts:

     

    1. The Illuminated River project will be the world’s longest public art commission once completed at 2.3 miles in length.
    2. More than 22,000 connected Color Kinetics LED light points will be used to create dynamic lighting effects on up to 14 London bridges.
    3. London Bridge: there’s been a bridge on or near this site since medieval times.
    4. Millennium Bridge is London’s first new pedestrian bridge for over a century and was envisioned as a “blade of light” across the Thames.

     

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