Six schemes for lighting up London's bridges shortlisted
Organisers of £20m Illuminated River project taking in 17 bridges in UK capital say it is an unprecedented commission. By Mark Brown
Plans to light up London’s bridges in what would be one of the biggest public art projects the UK has ever seen have taken a step forward with six schemes shortlisted.
The £20m Illuminated River project takes in 17 London bridges over six nautical miles, from the Albert Bridge in the west to Tower Bridge in the east.
On Monday it was announced that six proposals for lighting up the bridges, representing the work and ideas of artists, architects, designers, planners and engineers, had been shortlisted for what project organisers said was a design commission on an unprecedented scale.
The film-maker and novelist Hannah Rothschild, whose idea it was, said the Thames was the founding spirit of London, once its “beating heart”, but at night it was a ribbon of darkness, at odds with London’s ambition to be a 24-hour city.
The six projects will now go on display for three weeks at the Royal Festival Hall before a winner is announced on 8 December.
Image: Chris Ofili, Invisible Ripples on London Bridge, part of a shortlisted proposal by architect David Adjaye. Photograph: MRC and Adjaye Associates