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Filename: DP176412.jpg

Size: 4378 x 6560 (8.2MB)

Date: 11th January 2023

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England Archive. Luc

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

Job Title: Staff Photographer

© Historic England Archive

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Spectra DP176412

Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London. General view of the Spectra light installation by Ryoji Ikeda, part of the Lights Out centenary event commemorating the outbreak of the First World War with the Victoria Tower behind

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Atmospheric Blue Light Memorial Night Scene Installation


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the mesmerizing Spectra light installation by Ryoji Ikeda, set against the backdrop of Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster, Greater London. As part of the Lights Out centenary event commemorating the outbreak of the First World War, this memorial takes on a profound significance. The general view showcased here evokes a sense of awe and contemplation. In this night scene, the atmosphere is transformed by an ethereal blue glow emanating from countless delicate lights suspended in mid-air. The artist's masterful use of light creates an otherworldly ambiance that draws viewers into a state of introspection and remembrance. The iconic Victoria Tower stands tall behind the installation, providing a powerful juxtaposition between past and present. Its imposing presence serves as a reminder of history while harmoniously blending with Ikeda's contemporary creation. Lucy Millson-Watkins expertly captures this poignant moment through her lens, skillfully preserving its essence for generations to come. Her photograph not only documents an extraordinary artistic endeavor but also encapsulates emotions felt during times of reflection and unity. With no mention made about commercial use, we are left solely to appreciate this image for its artistic merit and historical significance. It serves as a testament to human resilience and our ability to find beauty even amidst darkness – both literally and metaphorically speaking.

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