This Is What The Thames Will Look Like Soon…

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Earlier this year, the Illuminated River Foundation launched an international design competition with a little help from a friend, Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor announced the winner this week, and we can excitedly confirm that our beloved bridges will be lit up by internationally acclaimed American artist, Leo Villareal (known for his work on San Francisco Bay Bridge) and renowned British architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. .

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6 designs were shortlisted and displayed in an exhibition at The Royal Festival Hall last month. The designs were submitted by teams of international artists, architects and engineers, each with a different vision of how the Thames could look after dark. Using the bridges as their canvases, the ideas ranged from beams shining into the sky, to ribbons of light following the flow of the river. (You can have a look at the shortlisted designs here).

Work on the installation, named Current, will start next year, and will hopefully grace the Thames by 2018. Find out more about the winners here.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.