Illuminated River Art Trail
The Illuminated River Project arrived in South Bank in Spring 2021, an artistic vision from renowned New York based artist Leo Villareal, who works with cutting edge LED technology and custom software to ‘paint with light'. Villareal has transformed nine of central London's bridges, drawing inspiration from the spirit and history of the river as well as from their architectural and engineering heritage. To mark the illumination of all five of South Bank's Bridges, we have curated our own Illuminated River Art Trail, complete with a map that you can download here, which allows you to take in not only the five bridges, but also the areas' longstanding illuminated artworks, from the instantly recognisable to those you may not have spotted before.
To find out more about about each stop on the trail, read our guide below, which also gives a helping hand to find some of the more hidden artworks and places featured. The bridges themselves only light up after sunset, so make sure to bear this in mind to get the full South Bank illuminated experience.