London’s bridges are an iconic part of the city, treasured by Londoners and tourists alike. And what do icons deserve? They deserve to be celebrated, dressed up in finery for the world to see them at their most dazzling – which was the idea behind the Illuminated River International Design Competition. Won by American light artist Leo Villareal and British architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the project is set to become the English capital’s largest permanent public art installation.
Encompassing seventeen bridges stretching along the Thames, the winning proposal will seek to create a gradual and color changing lighting spectacle that will be synchronized across all the bridges.
Villareal previously lit San Francisco’s Bay Bridge for two years with his project The Bay Lights, while work is expected to start on London’s Illuminated River in 2018. Check out pictures from the winning proposal below.