Neon’s name is most definitely in lights right now, so to speak. From hip hang-out and first light art gallery Lights of Soho, to God’s Own Junkyard, expert purveyor and seller of neon, they’ve had a rapid rise to stardom. I even have my own personal Neon Pinterest board.
It’s no surprise then that Lumiere London has gone down an absolute storm in the capital these past few days. So much so that some installations were temporarily switched off and Kings Cross Station evacuated because of overcrowding due to the festival.
But the good news is that it's massively boosted trade during what is usually one of the quietest, coldest and darkest weeks of the year – which can be no bad thing in a month that everyone dreads post-Christmas and NYE. Over 30 glowing artworks have landed, illuminating iconic streets and landmarks with a mix of neon sculptures, 3D projections and interactive installations. From neon dogs, to magical gardens, to a full blown circus – there’s something for everyone.
We braved the crowds on Friday night, and we were most definitely glad that we did. Apart from getting us to walk through what we often forget is one of the most exciting places to live in the world, the neons injected some oft-missed magic into our evening – no easy feat in central London on the weekends!
Here’s a snippet of what we saw…