Winter Lights Festival 2016

Winter Lights

London is never short of wonderful things to do or places to visit, and the Winter Lights Festival, focused around Canary Wharf, is just that, wonderful. Last weekend, while my sister was in London visiting me, I headed over after dusk to check out some of the instillations on display.

When I started to write this post, I found it hard to think of words to do these sculptures justice, but then that’s what good art is in a sense, something that can leave you without words but filled with something more.

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In my opinion, Canary Wharf is the perfect setting within London for a display such as this one; the reflection of the lights off water and the many tall glass buildings, allows the instillations of lights to really illuminate the whole area. Added to that the air of calm and silence that surrounds Canary Wharf, and you have the perfect space to reflection on these creations.

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The sculptures, structures and installations on display are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work using a great diversity of different forms of light technology. Together the artists represent four continents across the world with projects that are interactive, performance or visual spectacles to be admired from close up or from afar.

Appealing to art lovers, lighting enthusiasts, families, the young and the old, there is something for everyone as soon as dusk falls, and all for free [source].

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Butterflies are symbols of change, creativity and joy and their power is transformative. On the Wings of Freedom is a radiant cloud of butterflies representing metamorphosis and freedom and symbolising potential change and cultural evolution. Viewers can interact with the installation by using their mobile phones activating the lighting effects in real-time.

-ON THE WINGS OF FREEDOM, AETHER & HEMERA

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My favourite piece by far was ‘On The Wings of Freedom’; I loved the colours of the piece, constantly changing, it really drew me in.
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