The Illuminated River Foundation

Illuminated River


Illuminated River is an ambitious, new public art commission which will transform the capital at night, lighting up to 15 bridges on the River Thames. Once complete, it will be the longest public art project in the world, seen over 130 million times each year during its 10 year lifespan.


Conceived by internationally-acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and British architectural practice Liftschutz Davidson Sandilands, and delivered by the Illuminated River Foundation, the artwork has been sensitively developed, paying attention to heritage, wildlife and the built environment to create something exceptional - a transformation that celebrates the role that the Thames bridges play in the enduring global identity of London, and encourages people to enjoy the river and riverside public realm.


The realisation of the project has involved a unique collaboration of London’s creative talent, statutory bodies and local communities and will leave a lasting legacy for the capital in the form of a dynamic public artwork, refocusing and celebrating the Thames bridges as social, historical and architectural landmarks.


Illuminated River is a beacon of London’s creativity, ambition and spirit, free to view and accessible to all.

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