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A beautiful light installation is going to transform the Thames

By Rosemary Waugh
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London’s iconic river Thames is set to get a makeover starting in summer 2019, thanks to Illuminated River. The major public art project aims to eventually light up 15 bridges, starting with four – London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium – next year.

The huge light installation is the combined efforts of artist Leo Villareal and architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, and it will drastically change how the most famous stretch of the Thames looks. Following the lighting up of the four bridges in 2019, another section is due for completion in 2020. Subject to funding, everything from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge will be glowing proudly by 2022.

Along with celebrating the beauty of the Thames and London’s historic relationship with it, Illuminated River promises to do good things for the river’s flora and fauna. By using cutting-edge LED technology, the installations will help to reduce light pollution and provide a more energy-efficient way of lighting the bridges.

Let there be light. 

To find out more about Illuminated River, click here.

Can’t wait until next summer to see the capital all lit up? Click here for our guide to the best Christmas lights in London. 

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