Infrastructure communications adviser, Copper Consultancy, has partnered with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Arup in an ambitious art installation initiative to light up the River Thames.

The Illuminated River Project is a public realm arts commission run by The Illuminated River Foundation and the Mayor of London and will provide London with a new, free permanent attraction along the bridges of central London from Albert Bridge to Cannon Bridge.


Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s submission is entitled “Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms”. It is one of six in a shortlist from an original 105 international entries.

Claire Gordon, Chairman at Copper Consultancy said: “The River Thames and its infrastructure plays a significant part in everyday city life and this project enables the river’s contribution to be properly recognised and celebrated. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design is truly inspirational and will give Londoners the opportunity to view the river in a completely different way. We are delighted to be part of this initiative.”

All concept designs can be viewed on the project’s website and will be on display at a public exhibition at Royal Festival Hall from 9 – 29 November 2016.

The winning concept will be developed into a final design in consultation with the public and in collaboration with the Thames’ many stakeholders. The results will be announced on 8 December 2016 and the first phase of the project is planned to start in 2018.