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In GIFs: what to see at next week's free Winter Lights Festival

Guy Parsons

If Lumiere London's glowing installations in the West End don't slake your thirst for arty-light gubbins, head east to Canary Wharf and their free 11-day Winter Light festival (Jan 11–22). No fewer than 18 phosphorescent pieces will be popping up around the financial district, and we've tracked down footage of some of them to give you a sneak preview of what you can see. Anticipate these lot brightening up an Instagram feed near you soon...

A monumental installation of kinetic sound sculptures:

‘Chorus.’© Ray Lee

An immersive installation composed of luminous spheres:

‘Globoscope.’© Collectif Coin

Whirlpools of light, colour and movement are created as you run, jump, step or hop onto these pads:

‘The Pool.’© Jen Lewin Studio

An interactive sculpture inspired by the enigmatic nature of lunar light:

‘Full Moon.’© Daniel Iregui

An electronic camera obscura:

‘A Parallel Image.’© Gebhard Sengmüller

An installation which detects people approaching and rotates in their direction:

‘Liquid Space 6.1’© Daan Roosegaarde

A spinning sculpture which uses persistence of vision to create a glowing sphere:

‘Light Sphere I.’© Tom Wilkinson

A totem which responds to the presence of mobile phone signals in the air around it:

’Totem.’© Bitone Collective

Live newsfeeds are the source for a waterfall of words: 

’Bitfall.’© Julius Popp

And an exhibition from Nathaniel Rackowe:

’The Consequence of Light.’© Nathaniel Rackowe

Find full details, including a map of the installations, at

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