Lumiere London, 14-17 January 2016

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Maggot, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    I thought I would not be such a curmudgeon for once and go to this (on Sunday) for a change. I don't normally go to these sorts of events because there are too many people and you end up shuffling around seeing fuck all but others' backs (especially being a shortarse) and any joy you might have got from them is denied you and all you get is sore feet.

    It's in collaboration with the mayor's office I think. I think I'm annoyed that they publicise the fuck out of it and know that it will be too busy for people to get the most out of it with so much publicity, such a short run etc but they get to point at it as being a huge success as look at how many people turned up ( and saw nothing)

    As you say if anything is popular in London because it is/looks good/is free it ends up not being enjoyable precisely because it is popular and there are just so many potential visitors in easy distance.
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  2. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Oh the prancing people half way up Regent Street were brilliant. as was the fish tak phone box in Gravesnor Square and Westminster Abbey. Didnt notice owt much in Jermyn St though.
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  3. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Not surprised you were underwhelmed by Jermyn St and Green Park as there were no installations there.
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  4. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    IMG_4302.JPG Jermyn St just outside Princess arcade.(can't be arsed trying to get pic right way up)
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  5. rich!

    rich! stalin tache

    There were some building installations on Jermyn St - human figures hanging in the air, that sort of thing. Green Park was more of a destination thing than anything else.

    That was working from the app they provided, which didn't make it easy to get around...
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  6. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    I only saw one in Jermyn St, the rest were in St James Square.

    Agree the app was rubbish, I used a paper map.
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  7. rich!

    rich! stalin tache

    I printed the map then a work colleague poached it...
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  8. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Went along to the central ones this evening in the hope that some of them were a bit more accessible than the Kings X stuff, and thankfully they were. Grosvenor Square was a bit annoying, with the stewards shouting at people to get off the grass and even at me for getting too close to the big ambient light board thing (despite no signs or ropes or anything). The phone box was invisible in a huge crowd of people. But regent street was sensibly laid out with things everyone could see. The fish were the standout. The Game N Watch thing on Hamleys was fun as well. I'd have liked to go into the Leicester Square garden but again, too many people and they were limiting the numbers who could go in.

    If they do it again they really need to make it more fish and less phonebox.
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  9. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    I was going to go see this as I was in the area, but I wasn't in the mood in the end. Did not fancy the crowds.
  10. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Need to start earlier (it gets dark at 5, start then and get the parents out of the way early) and run over more than one weekend so it's less bonkers. Also they seem to have done things like close roads tonight whereas yesterday they didn't and it felt flat out unsafe at times.
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  11. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    They closed the roads every night. :confused:

    I went to the Kings Cross stuff tonight and really enjoyed it all, but they had run out of candy floss :(. The crowds weren't too bad. We had to queue a bit for Litre of Light and the viewing platform, but saw everything. Going on Thursday and Sunday was definitely a good idea.
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  12. free spirit

    free spirit more tea vicar?

    pretty sure that one was done by mates of mine from my rave days. The boys have done good :)
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  13. rich!

    rich! stalin tache

    The big flying fish were good.

    But doing them from the middle of the road meant you had to close the road. Bad thing.

    Flying fish with dangling puppeteers. That would be the thing.
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  14. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Closing a central London Road is always good!
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  15. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    my favourite thing was the elephant, which had an arse as well as a head
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  16. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    I was wondering the same, why wait til 6.30 and a longer run was needed.

    We did King's Cross. Probably missed a few. I liked the space message satellite dish type thing best I think. It would have been nice to see more but obvs hindered by short run and crowds.

    I'm struggling to understand what was sooooooo good about the phone box aquarium that it seems to be everyone's favourite. It doesn't look anything that special in the photos. :hmm: I didn't see it so can only assume I would have loved it.
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  17. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    This is all I saw of the phonebox...

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  18. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    The Trafalgar Square bits were crap but the floating people and the acrobats were amazing, me and the littlun loved them.
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  19. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    I failed to make it - my intention was to try and bomb around on my bike last night - but it didn't happen due to a nasty bout of the trots....
  20. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    To me this seems like the sort of thing that would be fab to stumble across when going about your business. Like the cow parade. If there were a few of them just 'there' for the month of January.
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  21. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    I guess the reason it didn't start earlier and that it didn't have a longer run is to do with the logistics of closing so many major roads in Central London. They closed the roads at 4.30 which caused plenty of congestion as it is.

    I loved the satellite telescope thing too.
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  22. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    This is basically what we thought. We went on Saturday evening and though the installations were nice to look at and interesting, they just didn't justify the heaving crowds.

    Trying to cross the main junction at Piccadilly Circus was really quite dangerous at times, with people pushing from behind, breaking down barriers, etc - all while vehicle traffic tried to navigate the one road that was open. You also didn't really get to enjoy much as you were just forced through a crowd, you couldn't comfortably take your time at all.

    Our favourite bit was The Travelers around Jermyn Street and St James Square (the Gormleyesque figures on the rooftops).

    Would have loved to have seen other bits, but no chance.

    Did anyone ever go to the ones in Durham in previous years? I always meant to but never got round to it. I was wondering if they had similar problems, but I'm guessing they just didn't have the sheer numbers that London did.
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  23. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Gave up on this and went for a bagel in Brick lane in the end. We were late getting out of the globe so the crowds were mad by then. Traffic was mental too:facepalm:
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  24. Cerv

    Cerv Well-Known Member

    shame. it was quite good if you got close enough to see anything.
    they really should've roped that one off a couple of metres back
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  25. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Saturday night goods way in kings cross was still open- they closed it at about 7.30 because they couldn't deal with the number of pedestrians. It was open when we got there, we left as it felt unsafe with the small + crowds + buses and they were moving the barriers to block it off as we left, then a series of police cars went past on their way to deal with unplanned closures
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  26. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    Obviously the cow parade had the advantage of being worth seeing in daylight hours, not just after dark, but you could change the remit of the festival and the installations for a longer run and in locations that would not necessitate shutting roads. It was done this way but that doesn't mean it's the only way it could be done.

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  27. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I could really have seen that one kicking off—there were so many people around it that they were spilling out into the road, which wasn't closed, and they were getting frustrated, and the stewards weren't helping.

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  28. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I felt the Kings Cross lights were a bit of a disapointment. Crowds weren't too bad apart from the slightly scary pinch point on the Goods Way crossing. But it was all a bit disappointing. Not getting good vibes from the new bit of Kings Cross at the moment.
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  29. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

  30. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Interesting because: a totally unexpected use for an everyday object
    To see a lit up aquarium in the middle of a London Street
    It was rather odd/bizarre
    because it was beautiful..
    Not the best of pics, but there will be more around. loved it!
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