Illuminated River, an incredible new public art commission designed by artist Leo Villareal and architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is continuing on schedule despite lockdown, with the next phase of the project now underway. As the name suggests, the project will see a host of central London bridges lit up to form one giant artwork, with London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges already lit up. The next set – Blackfriars Road Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, the Golden Jubilee Footbridges, Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge – is due to be finished in spring 2021.

Once the whole project is completed in 2022, 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.

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Photo credit: James Newton, taken from One Blackfriars