Wanderlust Wednesday: Canary Wharf Winter Lights
One of the things I love about London is that there are always interesting events happening, and usually they are free. My blogger pal Kritt Normsaskul, author of Pulse London, recommended that I see the Winter Lights in Canary Wharf, so I did! And I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoy anything that involves twinkly lights so I was in my element wandering around with my camera.
Between Monday 16th January to Friday 27th January, 30 different light sculptures, installations, and structures are placed around Canary Wharf for the public to enjoy. They are created by some of the World’s best artists and show off their work in light forms. You can grab a map from someone by Canary Wharf tube station which tells you where each of the displays are. All light displays are as energy efficient as possible as they use mains power as opposed to generators. Although most of the exhibits are accessible during the day, they can be viewed better between 4-9pm. The indoor displays in Crossrail Place are not open for viewing until 4pm.
The weather was unbelievably cold and with it being Saturday night it was presumably a lot busier than usual so I didn’t get the tripod out as I can be quite clumsy, and I didn’t want one of the many children excitedly running around to trip over one of the legs. If it hadn’t been as manic or as freezing I would have liked to have stayed longer to take my time photographing every display. I missed out on the indoor displays as the queues were extremely long. Lesson learnt; never plan to visit an event in London on the weekend.
my favourite installation was ‘Bloom, Squidsoup’ in Westferry Circus:
As you can see from the photos, these balls of light sit on stalks and sway in the breeze. The lights change depending on the atmosphere and surroundings. Each light is aware of its location which enables it to communicate with all the others! my simple little mind can’t seem to comprehend the science behind it, which might be why I was so fascinated with this particular display. They also make a sort of sweet sound each time they light up which makes them even more enjoyable. It’s like they’re alive! See more about this display here.
For more information and to see photos and descriptions of each exhibit, visit the Winter Lights page on the Canary Wharf website.
The Canary Wharf Winter Lights in photos
Have you seen the Winter Lights before?
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