A First Look At Canary Wharf Winter Lights 2023 In Photos

A First Look At Canary Wharf Winter Lights 2023 In Photos
A row of five fake fir trees illuminated with colourful lights, with coloured smoke blowing in front of them
#20 Fluorescent Firs

Free illuminations festival Winter Lights is back in Canary Wharf, with a trail of 21 glowing artworks and installations to track down. They're located both inside and outside buildings around the Canary Wharf area, and you can download a map to help you find them.

On a very chilly opening night, we ventured around all of the artworks — some have been here in previous years, while others are new to Canary Wharf for 2023. There are significantly more signs and stewards to help people out along the route than in previous years too — we've always found it a bit challenging to track down all the artworks in the past, so that's a definite improvement.

Take a look at what to expect at Canary Wharf Winter Lights 2023 — we've included the numbers of each artwork as noted on the map, to help you find them:

A geometric red glass lantern shaped like an elephant
#4 Permafrost - Sleeping Giants by Fisheye
An enclosed pedestrian walkway, with colourful walls and lights dancing in a pattern
#7 Captivated by Colour by Camille Walala
A large inflatable illuminated replica of Earth floating in the docks
#22 Floating Earth by Luke Jerram
A lantern shaped disco ball reflecting light all around the room, with a neon sign saying 'Winter Lights' mounted on the wall behind
#9 Fragmented Appearances by Gertjan Adema
A cone shaped installation with lights in patterns around the edge, and mirror at the far end
#14 Out of the Dark by Tom Lambert
#14 Out of the Dark by Tom Lambert
People walking through a tunnel which has hundreds of glowing strings dangling from the ceiling
#16 Anima by ELISAVA
A series of 10ft glowing rings arranged in a circle to form a neverending tunnel to walk through
#17 Toroid by This is Loop
A series of 10 glowing rings arranged in a circle
#17 Toroid by This is Loop
Two benches side by side in the dark - the one on the left glows red and the one on the right glows blue
Lighbenches 'Classic' by LBO Lichtbank
A globe shape made up of individual squares, each one edged by blue lights
#19 Emergence by This is Loop
People peeking through square holes in a wall
#19 Emergence by This is Loop

Canary Wharf Winter Lights 2023 takes place every night, 5pm-10pm, until Saturday 28 January. It's completely free to visit.

Last Updated 19 January 2023

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