Lumiere London

Thank you for visiting King’s Cross during Lumiere London!

Over four days in January 2016, King’s Cross transformed into an illuminated festival of light, music and art.

Download the map, or explore the installations below. Photos tagged with #lumiereLDN can be seen here.

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Circus of Light @ Granary Square

Circus of Light @ Granary Square

Ocubo invite you inside their giant big top for an extraordinary show projected onto the Granary Building. Featuring acrobats, jugglers, dancers and performers – a magical animated world of music and mayhem will descend on Granary Square.

Ocubo invite you inside their giant big top for an extraordinary show which will be projected on the side of the Granary Building. Featuring acrobats, jugglers, dancers and performers, a magical animated world of music and mayhem will descend on Granary Square.

Look out for the faces of some of the people who live, work, or play in King’s Cross as the story unfolds.

Portuguese company, Ocubo, are experts in content creation, 3D animation, illustration, motion design and video mapping. Their work has been shown all over the world, from Australia to Holland and Japan to Singapore.

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Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: Granary Square
Litre of Light @ The Crossing

Litre of Light @ The Crossing

Plastic bottles are transformed into sustainable light bulbs, creating a beautiful piece of illuminated art. Created by Mick Stepenson, MyShelter Foundation and Central Saint Martins students, Litre of Light highlights how simple technology can change lives.

How do you create a sustainable light bulb? By filling a plastic bottle with water, adding a drop of bleach and pushing it through a hole in the roof, you can refract sunlight and create as much light as a 55-watt bulb!

First developed by Alfred Moser and students at MIT, the MyShelter Foundation has since brought this simple idea to communities in developing countries and post-disaster areas worldwide.

In a collaboration between artist Mick Stephenson, Central St Martin’s students and the MyShelter Foundation, Litre of Light highlights how this simple technology changes the lives of thousands of people across the globe. The bottles used in the piece were designed in workshops with local school children. Litre of Light asks us to acknowledge the growing need for alternative technologies to support our everyday lives.

Mick Stephenson has a track record of turning rubbish into beautiful illuminated art. His Litre of Light piece for Lumiere Durham 2015 attracted thousands of visitors to Durham Cathedral Cloisters. You can meet the artist and even contribute to the installation in a series of events at the Global Generation Skip Garden.

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Thu 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: Hold your event at The Crossing
The Midnight Feast @ Lewis Cubitt Square

The Midnight Feast @ Lewis Cubitt Square

Delicious hot food and drink from street food collective KERB, plus live music, dancing and entertainment…don’t miss it!

Thurs 14 - Sun 17 Jan, 6pm to 10.30pm Location: Lewis Cubitt Square
Diver @ King's Cross Pond

Diver @ King's Cross Pond

Set above Kings Cross Pond, watch artist Ron Haselden’s moving light piece dive into the water.

Thu 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club
Dresses @ King's Boulevard and Stable Street

Dresses @ King's Boulevard and Stable Street

See the spectacular shimmering dresses made from fibre-optic lights by artist Tae Gon Kim. The ghostly silhouette of each dress changes colour over time.

Made from fibre-optic LEDs, the ghostly silhouette of each dress changes colour over time.

In the creation of this work, the artist, Tae Gon Kim, took inspiration from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse and reflected on his own fascination with relationships and love. He invites audiences to contemplate the question: “who would we want to be, if we could wear our own desires?”

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Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: Retail space at King's Boulevard
Light Graffiti @ King's Boulevard

Light Graffiti @ King's Boulevard

Take part in this interactive light projection from Floating Pictures, using your mobile phone lights.

Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: Retail space at King's Boulevard
Neon face-painting @ the Visitor Centre

Neon face-painting @ the Visitor Centre

Get lit-up for Lumiere at the King’s Cross Visitor Centre where you can have your face painted in neon colours and pick up glow sticks – all FREE of charge! Our friendly volunteers are on hand to help with maps and information about Lumiere and King’s Cross.

Thurs 14 - Sun 17 Jan
IFO (Identified Flying Object) @ Battle Bridge Place

IFO (Identified Flying Object) @ Battle Bridge Place

IFO is created by French artist and architect Jacques Rival. By day, IFO acts as a framing device for the daily theatre of the street. While at night it becomes a luminous spectrum, re-emitting the energy it has accumulated during the day.

The giant “birdcage” in Battle Bridge Place is by French artist and architect, Jacques Rival. IFO (Identified Flying Object) stands 9m high, and the bars are wide enough for people to walk through and enjoy the swing that hangs at its centre. By day, IFO acts as a framing device for the daily theater of the street. While at night it becomes a luminous spectrum, re-emitting the energy it has accumulated during the day.

Whilst the IFO is mostly ‘earthbound’, on special occasions the eye-catching structure is hoisted up into the air to hang freely and light up the night sky.

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Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: Hold your event at Battle Bridge Place
binaryWaves @ Regent's Canal

binaryWaves @ Regent's Canal

On the banks of Regent’s Canal, 40, three-meter high illuminated panels capture the invisible flows of information that surround us from mobile phones, radios and cars, and transform them into a unique display of light, sound and colour. binaryWaves is by Brussels-based, LAb[au]…

On the banks of Regent’s Canal, 40, three-metre high illuminated panels capture the invisible flows of information that surround us from mobile phones, radios and cars, and transform them into a unique display of light, sound and colour. 

Infra-red sensors capture the activity and translate electromagnetic waves into optical effects with red and white LEDs. Each impulse is passed from one panel to the next to create a wave effect.

binaryWaves displays the everyday, unseen life of London, capturing the rhythm and flow of the city in continually evolving formations.

The installation is created by Brussels-based art-studio LAb[au] (Laboratory for Architecture and Urbanism), founded in 1997 by Manuel Abendroth, Els Vermang and Jerome Decock. The technological developments of the past 40 years have given rise to major shifts in society. This technological progress inspires LAb[au] to examine the transformation of architecture, art and design.

 

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Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: Regent's Canal
The Keller Bar @ Stable Street

The Keller Bar @ Stable Street

This continental beer bar will be serving some of Europe’s most exciting brews. A warm, inviting, cosy space to meet have a great time during the Lumiere festival.

This continental beer bar  is curated by specialist beer importer and distributor Biercraft. Some of Europe’s most exciting brews will be served including Mahrs Brau ‘aU’ kellerbier, Brasserie du Mont Blanc La Blonde and De Ranke XX Bitter, alongside London’s leading brews: Howling Hops, Bohemian Pils, Brew by Numbers Saison, The Kernel London Sour, Partizan Biere du Garde and Orbit Nico Kolsch.

There will also be Mondo Brewing London Alt (a brown nutty ale) served in the traditional Dusseldorf way from large trays full of small glasses filled with beer fresh from the keg at £2 per pop! Plus warming mulled cider and seasonal square root soft drinks.

This is a warm, inviting, cosy space for people to meet and have a great time during the Lumiere festival.

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Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan, 3pm to 11pm
Spectra-3: Lux @ West Handyside Canopy

Spectra-3: Lux @ West Handyside Canopy

An interactive light piece by FIELD.io that tracks and follows viewers as they move around it.

Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: West Handyside Canopy
Joining the Dots @ German Gym

Joining the Dots @ German Gym

Projected onto the German Gymnasium, Joining the Dots explores how we perceive the body in motion and is inspired by the work of psychophysicist, Gunnar Johnsson.

Artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly offer their interpretation of Johnsson’s work in this video installation.

Joining the dots is a new commission for Lumiere London created with local participants. It is inspired by the work of psychophysicist Gunnar Johnsson.

Artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly offer their interpretation of Johnsson’s work in a video installation that explores how we perceive the body in motion.

In the 1970s, Johansson became interested in how the mind can perceive the human body in motion based on minimal stimuli. Working with actors dressed in black in a dark space with lamps on their joints, he reduced these stimuli to 13 moving points on the head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.

When still, the patterns were almost abstract, but once the actors began to move, they could be perceived remarkably clearly. Test subjects could immediately understand the nature of their actions (swimming, dancing, walking, running) and were even able to guess whether they were young or old, light or heavy, male or female.

Artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly have taken these principles and will apply them in workshops with the local community. In the projection, see if you can make out the shapes, made by the dots.

This light installation can be experienced at the stunning German Gymnasium building.

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Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan Location: German Gymnasium
Grain Store

Grain Store

To celebrate Lumiere, Grain Store has created a special hot mulled wine and light sweet pie for you to enjoy, fresh from their outdoor bar.

Thur 14 - Sun 19 Jan, 4pm to 10.30pm Location: Grain Store
King's Cross Tunnel

King's Cross Tunnel

The installation Pipette at the King’s Cross tunnel is created by miriamandtom and is designed to evoke the colourful tapestry of King’s Cross through a tranquil yet animated design.

The 90m long tunnel features a permanent LED lightwall designed by architects Allies & Morrison and light designers Spiers + Major.

The installation Pipette at the King’s Cross tunnel is created by miriamandtom and is designed to evoke the colourful tapestry of King’s Cross through a tranquil yet animated design.

The 90m long tunnel features a permanent LED lightwall designed by architects Allies & Morrison and light designers Spiers + Major.

The tunnel links St Pancras International and King’s Cross St Pancras Underground to King’s Cross, via an entrance at One Pancras Square.

The lightwall, one of Europe’s longest, is the main focus of the tunnel and is made up of LED lights capable of emanating the full RGB spectrum. The effect is a subtle and beautiful moving light show.

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Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan
Litre of Light Workshops

Litre of Light Workshops

Be a part of the Litre of Light installation. During the festival, drop-in workshops will be running at the Global Generation Skip Garden. Decorate your own recycled bottle which will be added to the installation, or have a go at making your own solar bottle light.

Thur 14th and Fri 15th 3-5pm and 6-8pm. Sat 16th Jan 2-5pm Location: The Global Generation Skip Garden
Skip Garden

Skip Garden

The Skip Garden and Café will be open late celebrating light of a very natural kind with fires blazing to keep you warm both inside and out. Serving homemade pizzas from the wood-fired oven, seasonal stews, and drinks at the pop-up bar.

The Skip Garden and Café will be open late celebrating light of a very natural kind with fires blazing to keep you warm both inside and out. We will be serving homemade pizzas from our wood-fired oven, horse chestnuts, and hot soups, stews from our bike.

A pop-up bar will also be serving mulled cider and other winter spiced delights. Enjoy a stroll around our magical urban garden at night, make new friends around the open fire or cosy up in our Mongolian yurt.

On Saturday, the Skip Garden and café will be open all day until 7pm. Enjoy some some heart-warming lunch & a cosy-up around the fire. Craft and story workshops will be running in the afternoon.

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Thur 14 & Fri 15 Jan, 10am to 9pm, Sat 16 1pm to 7pm Location: The Global Generation Skip Garden
Drake and Morgan

Drake and Morgan

Enjoy 3 courses and a glass of fizz for £29.95. On Sunday bottomless drinks are on offer for an extra £15 with the brunch menu.

Thur 14 & Fri 15 Jan, 7.30am to 1am, Sat 16 Jan 10am to 1am & Sun 17 Jan 10am to 6pm Location: Drake & Morgan
Litre of Light - Artist Talk

Litre of Light - Artist Talk

Hear from Litre of Light artist, Mick Stephenson about his experience designing and building the installation. This free talk takes place at the Global Generation Skip Garden.

Sat 16th Jan 12.30pm - 1pm Location: The Global Generation Skip Garden
Benugo Expresso Truck

Benugo Expresso Truck

The beautifully restored 1972 Citroen van will be staying open till late to celebrate Lumiere London. Perfect for those in a hurry, the Espresso Truck serves barista style coffee and loose leaf tea, bloomers, wraps and seasonal salads as well as indulgent cakes and muffins from the Benugo bakery.

Thur 14 - Sun 17 Jan, 8am-10.30pm Location: Granary Square