Winning team to light up London's bridges


The Illuminated River project in London
© Leo Villareal Studio

American light artist Leo Villareal and London architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands are part of the team that has won the competition to create a series of light installations for bridges on London's River Thames. Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' Current proposal was selected from a six-strong shortlist after a seven-month international design competition which saw 105 entries from 20 different countries. The Illuminated River project will see London’s 17 bridges permanently lit up, spanning a 10km stretch from Tower Bridge to Albert Bridge.

Leo Villareal's recent exhibitions include, Spacetime, a solo show at Fused Space in San Francisco, CA and his work, Cylinder II was a part of LIGHTSHOW, a traveling international exhibition organized by the Hayward Gallery in London. On January 30, 2016, Villareal inaugurated his largest work to date, The Bay Lights, a monumental 1.8 mile long installation of 25,000 white LED lights on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge as a permanent installation.

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