Winter Lights 2019 Set to Brighten the January Evening Skies at Canary Wharf – 18.12.18

Step out of the darkness and into Canary Wharf this January, as evenings are set to be ignited through the language of light and technology with the return of the Winter Lights festival. Expect luminescent hopscotch, 25 metre projections of marching elephants and rhinos and 24,000 individual suspended lights the fifth iteration of the festival is set to dazzle, enchant and amaze.

Opening free to the public on Tuesday 15th January and running until Saturday 26th January, Winter Lights will bring an eclectic mix of both fresh and returning artworks, installations and experiences to Canary Wharf.

In response to this year’s theme of sustainability and waste reduction, many of the pieces displayed have been crafted using recycled and sustainable materials. Others also portray strong messages about recycling and climate change.

New This Year

A newly commissioned piece Light, Stone, Pavement will allow visitors to unleash their inner child as they jump into a game of hopscotch. The chalk is replaced by a glowing outline of electric luminescent ribbon triggered by the player’s progression throughout the game. While Squidsoup’s walkthrough experience Submergence will be the largest ever version of their artwork shown, made up of 24,000 individual points of suspended lights.

Also making its UK debut at Canary Wharf is Whale Ghost from French creative studio Pitaya. This 18 metre, monumental silhouette of the whale encourages visitors to think about the effect of humans on our biodiversity.

Newcomer Time & Tide, is created by Paul & Pute draws attention to halting pollution of the ocean with plastics, highlighting the limited time left to repair the plastic problem before damage to the planet is irreversible.

Be drawn to the unmissable fifty pivoting prisms at Jubilee Plaza that make up RAW Design’s Prismatica. Acting as enormous kaleidoscopes, audiences are shown mesmerising displays of City life as dancing colours reach a crescendo after sunset. Walk among this modern ice palace as this Canadian-born piece projects every colour of the spectrum.

New this year is Floating Islands by Mürüde Mehmet. Made from plastic bottles by children of Tower Hamlets and painted in fluorescent colours, these vibrant floating islands show the waste created by plastic as the sculptures drift down streams in Jubilee Park. Elsewhere, Recyclism by Art of OK evokes a deep underlying message of showing the world how to transform our waste into beautiful and useful objects.

Visual Arts curator of Canary Wharf Group plc, Keith Watson comments: “To mark the fifth year of the Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, we wanted to capture the atmosphere of the nation in moving towards a more sustainable future and have collated artworks which are profound in their creation and appearance.

By incorporating themes around the relationship between everyday materials and the environment, we want to continue pushing the conversation about waste across all generations through inspiring artworks which are accessible to all. The pieces on show are by some of the world’s most renowned artists and should be an unforgettable experience and education for everyone who attends throughout January.”

Returning Favourites

Returning to Winter Lights is the perennial favourite bit.fall by Julius Popp. Using sophisticated water-valve technology, a series of illuminated droplets fall from the air to form words, with each sourced from the live newsfeed of

Vibrant Eats

Throughout the Winter Lights tour, visitors will also find a variety of unique food trucks serving up delicious dishes and hot drinks.

Nazari: Combining the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods, Nazari brings the flavour to flatbread wraps and falafel

Pulled: Fueling visitors with a meaty meal, Pulled offer up the best in roasted meats and killer coleslaw

The Rolling Dough: The Rolling Dough provides the most amazing freshly baked pizzas, ready in 60 seconds from their wood-fired oven

Grate Rostis: Grate Rostis create something new out of a classic, with a variety of toppings and flavours for the Swiss potato dish

The Duck Truck: For those feeling fancy, try out The Duck Truck, who serve up duck like nowhere else

Waffle On: For a sweet treat after your meal or a snack to keep you fuelled along the way, visit Waffle On for some warming waffles.


For further information, please contact:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166

See the full list of 21 artworks
Artists to date Title Country Brief description
RAW Design Prismatica Canada Prismatica turns heads with the countless colourful reflections made by its prisms. See city life in every colour of the spectrum
Julius Popp bit.fall Germany An ever-changing cascade of words sourced from the live newsfeed of
Stuart Langley Two Hearts UK Lower level windows of the iconic Newfoundland skyscraper shine with light to momentarily form two illuminated and transient hearts
Pitaya Whale Ghost French PITAYA is a light studio founded by two designers. Their artworks are poetic and their practice is melting object design, temporary architecture and digital creation
Adam DecoLight Sasha Trees Lithuania A design derived straight from nature, these beautifully lit trees are built from 2D modules that create a 3D effect – modelled on a real fir tree
Zac Greening Blue Neuron UK A kinetic light installation of a neuron built from reworked heat-treated plastic bottles
Paul & Pute Time & Tide UK With its hourglass design and colours inspired by nature, this artwork aims to remind audiences of the urgency to halt pollution of the oceans with plastic
Ben Busche, Brut Deluxe Heofon Light Maze



Consisting of a maze based on triangular geometry, this artwork reflects and shifts light rays along the entire rainbow colour range while the spectator moves within the installation
Rombout Frieling Lab Colour Moves Netherlands In this piece, light of alternating wavelengths sets in motion giant patterns. What seemed to be one and the same can suddenly appear totally different
Art of OK Recyclism UK/Poland A platform to show the world how to transform our waste into beautiful and useful objects
Ronan Devlin Aura Ireland Camera sensors capture participants’ form and feelings and mirror them in real time onto a giant water spray in the dock
Martin Richman We Can Meet UK A permanent installation commissioned by Canary Wharf in 2015, more than 500 illuminated rods regularly change colour and frequency throughout the day and evening
Fontys Vena Lumen Team Vena Lumen Netherlands Vena Lumen means pulsing light. Take a seat on this stunning bench, place your hand on the sensor and watch it transform your heartbeat into dancing light
Tine Bech Studio Enchanted Connections Denmark Audiences are invited to merge art with the digital language of technology to create stunning visual projects
Alexander Reichstein Last Parade Finland A 25-metre video projection where the shadows of endangered animals are marching along the Canary Wharf waterside
LBO Lichtbank LightBench Germany Illuminated benches return to Canary Wharf, this time on a bigger scale
Squidsoup Submergence UK 24,000 spheres of light, each on a stalk, bob gently in the wind filling a large park in Canary Wharf
Raoul Simpson Light, Stone, Pavement Ireland A playful, contemporary take on the simple game of hopscotch, where the chalk is replaced by a glowing outline of electric luminescent ribbon triggered by the player’s progression throughout the game
Squidsoup Flow UK A series of explorations using dynamically controlled points of light to visualise the flow of energy, data and objects
Mürüde Mehmet Floating Islands UK Created by the children of Tower Hamlets, the piece uses plastic water bottles that will be displayed on running water streams to encourage awareness of plastic waste
OGE Collective Angels of Freedom UK Step inside and become a light angel! These beautiful illuminated wings travel around the world, connecting people by allowing everyone to become an angel in their own way

Notes to Editors


Winter Lights:

Tuesday 15 – Saturday 26 January
Daily until 10pm*
Throughout Canary Wharf
*Most works are best viewed from dusk

Winter Lights Bites

Tuesday 15 – Saturday 26 January
12-3pm Weds-Fri & 5-10pm daily
Cabot Square
Canary Wharf

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 17m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.

Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.
Instagram: @canarywharflondon
Twitter: @YourCanaryWharf
Twitter: @CanaryWharfGrp
Twitter: @Level39CW