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Leo Villareal wins Illuminated River project

Leo Villareal, a New York light artist who lit up the Bay Bridge in San Francisco to popular acclaim, has won the Illuminated River competition to light some 17 bridges along the Thames in a prestigious £20m project.

Villareal and the British architects and urban planners Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands won from a shortlist of six for what is one of the UK’s biggest ever public art commissions.

This will be a permanent fixture to London’s Bridges, over six nautical miles from Tower Bridge in the east to Albert Bridge in the west.

Villareal said he was “delighted and humbled” that the jury chose his team’s “artistically driven” vision for the Thames. “The whole team shares a belief in the power of large-scale public culture and art to enrich our cities,” he said.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is fully behind the scheme. “We saw an incredible response to this fascinating competition,” he said, “showing that London continues to inspire creatives from around the globe, and is open to all.”

Leo Villareal will lead a team of renowned British architects and urban planners, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, in the undertaking of the project.

To find out more about the winning team, click here.