illuminated river is here

The first part of Illuminated River, an incredible new public art commission designed by artist Leo Villareal and architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is here. As the name alludes to, the project will see a host of central London bridges lit up to form one giant artwork. London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges have been already been lit, with fundraising continuing for the second phase (due for 2020) with the whole project due to be completed by 2022.

Once finished, illuminations will stretch from Albert Bridge in West London to Tower Bridge in the City, highlighting the bridges as links (both structural and symbolic) across the capital as well as making them more accessible and walkable at night. We’ve only had the first lights go on but it’s already looking pretty spectacular.

Photo credit: James Newton, taken from One Blackfriars