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The Illuminated River Exhibition

The Illuminated River Exhibition is a public display of six shortlisted light art installations for London’s most celebrated bridges, taking place at the Royal Festival Hall from Wednesday 9 November 10am – 10pm daily.

The Illuminated River project is originally a competition, launched by The Illuminated River Foundation and the Mayor of London earlier this year with the unique design challenge to create an elegant and charismatic light art installation of world-class quality for London’s most celebrated bridges. The competition received 105 entries from teams of leading designers, artists, engineers and architects from 118 countries and from these a shortlist of six were chosen.

The aim of the project is therefore to create a stunning new light-art installation for the Thames’ bridges. The Illuminated River Foundation is working closely with many stakeholders along the Thames, including Cross River Partnership, and is supported by the Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation.

The Illuminated River will be one of the most ambitious public art projects in recent years and will further enhance London’s status as one of the world’s most creative and innovative cities. The project will engage Londoners and visitors alike by celebrating the River Thames and encouraging a greater appreciation of its public spaces and bridges.

The six shortlisted teams have been asked to submit design concepts for the project, and these will form the basis of the exhibition. In addition, The Illuminated River Foundation supported a competition run in local schools as part of Totally Thames 2016, where pupils were asked to submit their own ideas for the Illuminated River. Artwork based on the ideas of the finalist schools will also be on display as part of the exhibition.

Come and see what has been dubbed as 'the most ambitious public art projects of recent years', creating a free, light-based art installation for many of London’s most celebrated bridges. 

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