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London’s Getting A Huge Permanent Art Installation Along The Thames

London officials have today announced an ambitious public art initiative that’s set to permanently light up bridge crossings across the River Thames.

The Illuminated River will be a Vivid-esque light spectacle and the city’s first “free outdoor river gallery”. The ambitious £20 million project will illuminate 17 bridge crossings along the River Thames, from Albert Bridge in Chelsea to Tower Bridge in the CBD, and actively encourage people to enjoy the Thames at night.

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Not only will the project provide an overall night time makeover of London’s most famous bridges, officials are also hoping these new additions will promote new riverfront districts, enhance the night time economy of the city, and provide a boost to tourism.

Architects, designers and engineers are invited to submit plans for the project’s execution through a public competition. Officials are actively encouraging “forward-thinking and environmentally friendly designs” that will bring a world-class quality to London’s most celebrated bridges.

The shortlisted plans will go on show in a public exhibition at the end of the year, after which a winner will be announced.

(h/t BBC)