Artist To Add Colour To London's Bridges

American light artist Leo Villareal and British architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands won the Illuminated River, an international design competition.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said “We saw an incredible response to this fascinating competition, showing that London continues to inspire creatives from around the globe, and is open to all. There were some spectacular ideas, and I can’t wait to see the winning design light up the Thames. Huge congratulations to Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands on this fantastic achievement.”

17 bridges in London, from Tower Bridge to the Albert Bridge, and the riverbanks along a seven-mile stretch will be lit up by the winning artists. More than 100 international groups entered the competition which has raised £10m so far in private funding. The winning scheme, Current, will deliver a slowly moving and colour-changing lighting scheme synchronised across all the bridges and work will start next year on the project.

Leo Villareal said: “Our aim is for a lighting masterplan which reduces pollution and wasted energy, is sensitive to history and ecology and subtly rebalances the ambient lighting on the river to provide a beautiful night time experience for residents and visitors.”

-Devashree Goenka