St Paul's Cathedral Is Breathtaking, Covered In These Thought-Provoking Illuminations

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St Paul's Cathedral Is Breathtaking, Covered In These Thought-Provoking Illuminations
© Double Take Projections/Tim Craig

These new images show how St Paul's Cathedral will be shown in a whole new light, from 24-27 October.

Where Light Falls comprises four evenings of spectacular illuminations at the cathedral — with projections that recall one of the darkest times in London's history, smothering the famous facade.

Firebomb turns to fireweed. © Historic England/Chris Redgrave

Swathes of London were razed to the ground during the Blitz of 1940-41, but prime minister Winston Churchill decreed that the Wren masterpiece should be saved "at all costs".

Armed with sandbags and water pumps, volunteers patrolled the cathedral, poised to throw away incendiary bombs and put out flames at any moment. Though suffering hits, St Paul's survived the second world war largely unscathed, thanks to these efforts.

'From the Log Book' by Keith Jarrett. © Double Take Projections / Tim Craig

The cutting-edge projections tell the stories of these daring escapades, combining powerful archive photography and animation with an atmospheric soundscape. A newly-commissioned poem, From the Log Book by Keith Jarrett, is narrated by the poet as his words come to life on the cathedral walls.

'From the Log Book' by Keith Jarrett. © Double Take Projections / Tim Craig

The shows — which take place on the evenings of 24-7 October — is a joint project between Historic England, creatives Double Take Projections, Keith Jarrett and the cathedral. If you've got a chance to go, do so — it looks like one of those London moments you'll forever regret not seeing.

© Double Take Projections/Tim Craig
© Double Take Projections / Tim Craig
St Paul's Cathedral, seen over the bombed ruins of the surrounding area, 1941. Out of Copyright: Source: Historic England Archive
The damage caused by a bomb that fell in the North Transept of St Paul's Cathedral, London. Out of Copyright: Source: Historic England Archive
© Double Take Projections / Tim Craig

Where Light Falls takes place at St Paul's Cathedral, 24-26 October (6.30pm-10pm) and 27 October (8pm-10pm) before moving on to Coventry Cathedral. It's part of City of London's Fantastic Feats festival.

Last Updated 25 October 2019