From the 14th – 17th January 2016, the Artichoke Trust – together with a range of sponsors – organised what we hope will be the first of many Lumiere London events.
To see so many people take to the streets to view public art displays was heartwarming. In this city -all too frequently associated with anonymity and unfriendliness – it was lovely to see strangers talking together on the streets, families moving round in awe and a distinct lack of animosity, even when there were places that were extremely busy.
A huge thanks and congratulations to the organisers, and we look forward to future events.
Below is a selection of photographs from the event, with the names of the artists as well as a selected quotes inspired by the installations.
“Art is sort of an experimental station in which one tries out living.” – John Cage
“I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds.” – Egon Schiele
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
“Only those who dare to fall greatly can achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“Everyone chases happiness, not noticing happiness is right at their heels.” – Bertold Brecht
“Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.” – David Niven
“Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.” – P.T. Barnum
“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.” – Desiderius Erasmus
“It’s good for art to make us think, to give us a shared experience that creates a dialogue, makes us talk to each other, including strangers.” – Janet Echelman
“The object of art is not to replace reality, but to create reality of the same intensity.” – Alberto Giacometti
“Create your own style. . . . let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Anna Wintour
“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail and mankind the vessel.” – Augustus William Hare
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” – Matsuo Basho
“Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” – Daniel Bell
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life for there is in London all that life can afford.” – Samuel Johnson
For more about this event; http://www.visitlondon.com/lumiere
Part Two to follow. . . . .