Aarian Marshall is a transportation reporter at WIRED and former CityLab contributor. She lives in San Francisco.
See the generally dignified Westminster Abbey transmuted into a riot of a kaleidoscopic color.
The first Lumiere Festival, a celebration of light and art from the British production company Artichoke, first took place in the northern UK city of Durham in 2009. After a stop in the Northern Irish city of Derry, Lumiere is now hitting the big time: It’s arrived in the capital city, ready to brighten London’s dark, dreary, rain-spitting winter evenings with four days of strange and dazzling art.
The festival runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. January 14-17, and features over 30 works spread across the busy downtown areas of Piccadilly, Regent Street, and St James's; Trafalgar Square and Westminster; Mayfair; and King's Cross.
If you can’t make it London to be one of the thousands expected to view the installations, here a few of the sites (and sights):