December 2013 – Media Release

Introducing ‘fLUMENS’, 16 December – 25 January 2014

From 16 December 2013, Canary Wharf’s award-winning public art programme has commissioned a striking wind-powered Winter Lights display to illuminate Middle Dock – entitled ‘fLUMENS’, it will consist of hundreds of light elements arranged to resemble a series of sails floating in the dock. This exciting display comes to London for the very first time, creating constantly changing light patterns to produce a truly beautiful, multi-coloured spectacle in the middle of the district’s iconic skyscrapers.

The mesmerising lights have been created by Dutch artist Rombout Frieling and Openlight, the creative lab with which he works in Eindhoven, who here have formed ideas that “visualise the wind”. Looking back to Canary Wharf in the 19th Century, Frieling recognised its docks as the capital of international trade where goods arrived on sailing vessels using only the wind for power. He comments: “By placing ‘fLUMENS’ at Canary Wharf, we aim to revive this intrinsic connection that trading once had with nature, by revealing the eternal power of the wind, a force we may well need again.” Each ‘fLUMEN’ is entirely powered by the energy of the wind, activated by speeds of 10kph and upwards, and a range of different colours are cleverly generated according to the speed of the wind.

Each year, Canary Wharf Group’s public art team curates a Winter Lights installation as part of the year round programme of temporary and permanent visual arts. Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group, says: “Rombout Frieling is inviting passers-by to appreciate the power of nature with the ‘fLUMENS’ installation. The visual impact and ever-changing colours of the installation will light up the area in a spectacular way and will remain in the dock during the festive period to brighten up those dark winter nights – it’s certainly a very different take on the usual Christmas lights!”


‘fLUMENS’ will be installed in Middle Dock from 16 December 2013. All media interested in photo/broadcast opportunities, please contact the press office (below).

For further information, please contact:

Rachel Bowen/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
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About the artist: Rombout Frieling

Rombout Frieling is a graduate of Eindhoven University of Technology’s pioneering Design of Intelligent Products programme. He subsequently gained an MA in Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art, London. Rombout also holds an engineering MSc from Imperial College London, next to studies in Philosophy and HCI at Stanford University. He has studied human movement through design in research projects at Eindhoven University, Philips Design and the Royal College of Art. He was elected James Dyson Fellow 2009. He exhibited Flupper at Interlift 09 in Germany in October 2009. Rombout also consults for various businesses and brands including Heineken and Proctor & Gamble.

Rombout is based in both Amsterdam and London, where he is design director for IKAWA and holds an innovation fellowship at the Royal College of Art. Rombout is the creative chair and program head for OPENLIGHT, a creative lab concretising the cultural revolution of digital LED lighting to come. Openlight explores, from a design perspective, the desirability, and meaningfulness, of those technologically possible new options. Merging design education with lighting knowledge and commercial partners, Openlight stands for a clear idea of what lighting should be.

Rombout is also board member of the Intelligent Lighting Institute. The TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) was established in 2010 to investigate novel intelligent lighting solutions that will become within our reach by the large-scale introduction of LED technology, with a special emphasis on how these new solutions might affect people.

Rombout Frieling makes matter move man: he finds his energy in creating the structures to put things in motion that move us on all levels. “Technology so far has created a very rational world and has made many of other capabilities as human beings vanish. Think about all these situations where ‘the system’ cannot deal with us humans: from the robot-like treatment at airport security through to lights than cannot be switched off. We dream of technology that is sensitive to subtleties: to our instinctive behaviours, thoughtless acts, our emotions, skills, complex needs: to our human potential. Light has incredible power to influence our visual systems instantaneously so that one could say we can ‘bypass’ our rational system – and touch us humans on all levels. We argue that the emerging freedom in the application of light should be used in a humanizing way – and we develop and design propositions where you can experience the value of this.”

fLUMENS are custom developed modules that make light out of wind power. They operate from wind force 3 Beaufort. fLUMENS are waterproof and can withstand peak wind gusts up to Force 10 Beaufort. A fLUMEN measures approximately 250 x 250 x 250mm and weighs only about 200 grams.

For more information and to view video clips of fLUMENS see:
About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme

Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and provides year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.

In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.

Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 65 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Bill Culbert, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Charles Hadcock, Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate, The ‘Sculpture at Work’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 with the publication of Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions.

Curated by Ann Elliott, the programme during that period has shown over 50 exhibitions in which 132 artists have participated, including Lynn Chadwick, Phillip King CBE PPRA, Dan Graham, Franz West and Wendy Taylor CBE. Royal Academicians who have exhibited at Canary Wharf include Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine and  David Nash; and many younger artists have shown their work here at the start of their careers.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 240 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.

20% of the Canary Wharf Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity.  The Group reports sustainability performance using the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines achieving a commendable B+ level and is also aligned with the EPRA Best Practices Recommendations.

100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.