07 November, 2016

Adjaye Associates today revealed “Blurring Boundaries”, the firm’s proposal to light the 17 bridges across London’s Thames River. It is one of six shortlisted schemes being considered for the Illuminated River, an international design competition to provide a unified vision to enhance London’s bridges and celebrate London’s historic links with the River. Adjaye Associates’ scheme, along with each of the other shortlisted schemes, will be displayed as part of the Illuminated River Exhibition, a free exhibition running for three weeks at the Royal Festival Hall (RFH) from unveiled on Wednesday 9 November until Tuesday 29 November. The winner will be chosen by a jury supported by a technical advisory panel on Thursday 8 December.

Adjaye Associates’ proposal seeks, through a series of distinctive instillations that unfold and spotlight the unique histories and qualities of the 17 bridges, to re-imagine the bridges not as connectors, but as the heart of London itself. The firm has assembled a diverse team of international artists, each of whom have been charged with bringing to life the unique qualities of a single bridge. Individually, each bespoke instillation reveals a distinctive nuance about its host. When considered holistically, they join to form a cohesive stitching for London’s heart, a vibrant new epicenter anchoring the two banks.

The instillations are supplemented by a series of urban pavilions – including lookout towers, loggias and a new auditorium - running alongside both banks. These pavilions increase cohesion and clarify Adjaye Associate’s broad curatorial vision, while providing new infrastructure capable of supporting a new pedestrian accessible cultural hub.

The 16 renowned international artists Adjaye Associates have assembled for the scheme include Cai Guo-Qiang, Chris Ofili, Larry Bell, Jeremy Deller, Philippe Parreno, Richard Woods, Mariko Mori, Lorna Simpson, Teresita Fernández, Joana Vasconcelos, Angela Bulloch, Thukral & Tagra, Katharina Grosse, Glenn Ligon, Doug Aitken and Tomás Saraceno. 

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