London’s Lumiere Festival suffered from overcrowding on Saturday night, leading to installations being turned off and people being asked to come back on Sunday.
At one point, Kings Cross Station was reportedly evacuated, the free festival of lights – featuring installations from over 30 artists – having attracted too many visitors to the capital.
The art installations were set to dazzle passers-by in iconic locations including Mayfair, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Westminster.
Lumiere lights up London
Lumiere lights up London
1/14 '1.26 Durham'
Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.
Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille, Lumiere Durham 2013. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.
3/14 'Binary Waves'
4/14 'Brothers and Sisters'
Ron Haselden, produced by Artichoke at Lumiere in Durham 2011. Image by Matthew Andrews
5/14 'Circus of Light'
Ocubo.com, Portugal 2013
Tae gon KIM
Catherine Garret, Top'la Design, Lumiere 2013, produced in Durham by Artichoke. Image © Matthew Andrews 2013
8/14 'Garden of Light'
Bernd Spiecker for LBO-Lichtbankobjekte, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews
Porte par le vent, produced by Artichoke in Durham for Lumiere 2015. Image © Matthew Andrews
11/14 'Neon Dogs'
Deepa Mann-Kler, Lumiere Derry~Londonderry, Produced by Artichoke, Commissioned by UK City of Culture 2013, Photo by Chris Hill
12/14 'Platonic Spin'
Nathaniel Rackowe, Lumiere Durham 2013. Produced by Artichoke. Image courtesy of the artist
Ron Haselden(France / UK), Image courtesy the artist
14/14 'The Light of the Spirit'
Patrice Warrener (France), artist impression
Organisers, Artichoke, as well as the Met police are offering advice through Twitter using the hashtag #LumiereLDN.
The festival will take place between 6.30pm and 10.30pm. Artists including Janet Echelman, Deepa Mann Kler and Benedetto Bufalino all have installations at the event.
This is the first time Lumiere has taken place in London, having debuted in Durham in 2009, and is part of a light festival called Lighting Up the North, which holds festivals in seven cities across the north of England, including Leeds, Blackpool, Lancaster, Gateshead and Manchester.
The full programme is available on the Lumiere website, along with suggestions of places to eat and sights to see while walking between the installations.
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