Bridges are being illuminated by LED lighting to highlight their structure as well as enhance their beauty. The implementation of LED has certain advantages such as low energy consumption & being cost effective.
The project, named “Illuminated River,” was started with an international competition in 2016 and the winning project was designed by an American light artist, Leo Villareal and a London architect, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.
The design based on using advanced LED lighting technology to generate softer illumination for each bridge as per their architectural characteristics and historical background at the River, Thames. Moreover, as the project claims, the new installation has the potential to lower current energy costs by 50 percent as well as save maintenance costs.
The cost of the project is estimated to be around GBP £20 million (US$ 26.3 million), the operating foundation has been raising money from philanthropic sources, without receiving further public funding. The art installation will be carried out in phases from 2019 to 2022.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The Illuminated River will give London free art. The project also means that a wasted asset and wasted resource will now be used. The team had thought through how the project is sustainable, how it will be energy efficient and use less energy.”