See French digital artist Patrice Warrener’s magnificent The Light of the Spirit (Chapter 2), at Westminster Abbey. Warrener created one of the most popular installations during Lumiere London 2016; and for the second instalment, in 2018, he brings the facade of the abbey’s Great West Gate to life by incorporating sculptural details in his distinctive colourful style.
Bathing Westminster Abbey in colour and light, the projection highlights the architectural mastery of the building, enabling us to witness the glorious statuettes of 20th-century martyrs reimagined. Usually perched unobtrusively on the facade above the Great West Doors, the figures are once again transformed into kaleidoscopic illuminations, a tribute to their lives in technicolour.
Warrener is recognised worldwide for his chromolithe projection system. His polychromatic illuminations on buildings gives the impression of a spectacularly bright painted surface. He has designed more than 80 astounding creations and continues to share this unique art form across the globe.
Visit Westminster Abbey, which is open late until 9pm (last entry 8pm) for Lumiere; before spotting Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and more Westminster and Victoria artworks. After you’ve seen them all, enjoy contemporary Indian cuisine at The Cinnamon Club, or tuck into a juicy steak at Smith & Wollensky, both a short walk from here.
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- Public transport:
- Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle lines) and St James's Park (District and Circle lines). The Abbey can be found on the south side of Parliament Square. Buses: 11, 24, 88, 148, 211.