A massive design competition to spectacularly light up a slew of London’s bridges has narrowed its entrants down to a final six eye-catching concepts.
And now, the final shortlist has been unveiled – the innovative proposals include a design in which the lighting would change depending on the tide, and one in which a variety of lampposts would emerge from the waters of the Thames.
The illuminated river: ART ON A GIANT SCALE
With an aim of being completed between 2018 and 2020, The Illuminated River has already attracted £10 million in funding, half of it from the Rothschild Foundation.
Over 100 design teams put forth proposals for the permanent installation (championed by London mayor Sadiq Khan), with the shortlisted 6 already receiving £15,000 for their efforts.
The full shortlist is as follows:
- Current – A dynamic concept from artist Leo Vilareal which “integrates light and colour on the 17 bridges” and includes additional Japanese installations.
- Blurring Boundaries – Adjaye Associates’ ambitious proposal includes plans for a series of towers, loggias and an auditorium along the river banks.
- The Eternal Story of the River Thames – From architecture firm AL_A, this concept proposes lights altering with the changing of the tides.
- Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms – Diller Scofidio’s design involves the bridges filling with light “like a vessel with liquid”.
- A River Ain’t Too Much Light – In French firm L.E.A.’s proposal, artificial lampposts are “planted” in the waters of the Thames.
- Thames Nocturne – An expansive “ribbon of light” would extend between bridges in this proposal from Sam Jacob Studios.
The winner of the massive competition will be announced on 8th December, after each of the shortlisted concepts have enjoyed a three-week display in London’s Royal Festival Hall.
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