“As lights are put out across the country tonight to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a monumental column of light pierces the London sky announcing the beginning of spectra, Artangel’s latest commission by Ryoji Ikeda. From dusk until dawn for the next six nights spectra, an artwork sculpted in light and sound, will be visible across the capital and open to visitors at its source adjacent to the Houses of Parliament. You are invited to experience spectra at Victoria Tower Gardens and walk amongst the 49 high-powered searchlights to an accompanying sound composition by the artist. Made of pure sine waves, it can only be heard from within the grid of light.”
Entry is free and the gardens are open throughout the night, until spectra finally fades at first light on the morning of Monday 11 August.
More information, until Monday 11 August 2014, Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, SW1P 3JA