London's Only Lighthouse Will Beam Once More

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 14 months ago
London's Only Lighthouse Will Beam Once More
The beam of light will encode and transmit the sound of Longplayer, Jem Finer's 1,000 year-long musical composition, which can be heard in the lighthouse.

London's only lighthouse — at Trinity Buoy Wharf near Canning Town — will emit a beam, for the first time since it closed for duty in the late 19th century.

Sonic Ray is an installation by Artangel that'll project a beam from the lighthouse, across the river to North Greenwich and Richard Wilson's cleaved ship sculpture, Slice of Reality.

The beam of light — which will appear from dusk Wednesdays till Sundays, from 30 September till 21 November — will in fact encode and transmit the sound of Longplayer, Jem Finer's 1,000 year-long musical composition, which has been playing in Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse since midday on 31 December 1999. Slice of Reality will then be used as a 'listening' post for the composition.

A short ferry ride will connect the lighthouse and the listening post, inviting people to experience Longplayer as a 'bridge of light' between the two landmarks.

Sonic Ray, until 21 November, tickets (including ferry ride) £7.50/£5 concessions

Pedant's note: you might argue — as indeed we previously have — that Trinity Buoy Wharf's is not London's only lighthouse. Depends on how you stretch the definition really.

Last Updated 25 October 2021

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