Thames21 to launch art installation on Thames River

Waterways charity Thames21 is creating a lighting-based art installation on the Thames, putting a spotlight on the river's health.

Thames21 to launch art installation on Thames River
Thames21 to launch art installation on Thames River

The artwork has been designed by artist Jason Bruges, and has been named 'Thames Pulse.' By installing the artwork, Thames21 aims to showcase the river’s health in real time, by reflecting it on to the iconic Sea Containers building on the South Bank. 

Agency MEC UK has helped devise the lighting project, which aims to raise awareness about the condition of the Thames and to support Thames21 in its mission of protecting the Thames and other London rivers. MEC enlisted Jason Bruges Studio to create a dynamic artwork that could represent the water quality. Data from the Thames will be read daily to monitor the condition of the river in central London, which will then inform visualisations displayed via an array of lights on the river-facing façade. 

The artwork will display one of three patterns based on whether the water quality is good, average or poor compared to the previous day’s data reading. Updates on water quality will also be posted on the artwork's corresponding Twitter feed, @ThamesPulse.

In September, a recreation of the Great Fire of London set the Thames ablazecommemorating 350 years since the fire ripped through the City of London. Also last year, Benefit launched a branded ship on the river, in a bid to promote the brand's products.

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