Sarah, Hon Fellow, Landscape Institute, is a public space and public art expert and curator, and was previously Director of CABE Space at the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment. She has been Chair of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration Forum for the past five years.
The project is governed by an independent Board of Trustees including Hannah Rothschild, Fabia Bromovsky, Munira Mirza and chaired by Neil Mendoza.
Neil Mendoza, publisher and entrepreneur, is a Commissioner of Historic England and a Non-Exec Director on the board of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He is currently leading a government review of England’s museums and galleries. Neil is Chairman of The Landmark Trust and Vice-Chairman at The Soho Theatre.
Hannah Rothschild is a writer, filmmaker and Chair of The National Gallery. She is co-founder of the Artist on Film trust and a trustee of Waddesdon Manor. Her most recent book, The Improbability of Love, was published in 2015.
Fabia Bromovsky is Chief Executive of The Rothschild Foundation and former Chief Executive of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.
Munira Mirza is an adviser on arts and philanthropy, and former London Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture.
Leo Villareal has created temporary and permanent light sculptures for public spaces and museums throughout the United States and across the world, including the famous Bay Lights on the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge (2013). Running a length of 3km (1.8 miles), the work consists of 25,000 energy-efficient, low voltage LED lights. Villareal was inspired by the surrounding area to guide his custom sequencing, integrating the kinetic motion of the water, air, and traffic to create abstract, organic patterns in light on the bridge's cables.
Initially covered for a two-year display, the light sculpture was met with positive public response and, through successful fundraising efforts, became a permanent installation in January, 2016.
‘Our aim is for a lighting master plan which reduces pollution and wasted energy, is sensitive to history and ecology and subtly re-balances the ambient lighting on the river to provide a beautiful night time experience for residents and visitors.’ Leo Villareal
Displayed in a random order for random amounts of time, the compositions have no preconceived outcome, resulting in sustained visual interest. Initially conceived for a two-year display, the light sculpture was met with positive public response and, through successful fundraising efforts, became a permanent installation in January 2016.
LDS have won over 80 national and international design awards, ranging from RIBA awards for excellence in architecture and British Council for Offices industry awards, to respected awards for house building and urbanism.
LDS has worked extensively in London, with partners including Great Portland Estates, Coin Street Community Builders, Derwent London and Exemplar.
The Illuminated River Foundation is working with many partners along the Thames, including:
City of London Corporation
Cross River Partnership
The Environment Agency
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
London & Partners
London Wildlife Trust
MBNA Thames Clippers
The Northbank BID
Port of London Authority
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Tech London Advocates
Thames Estuary Partnership
Transport for London
Westminster City Council
ZSL (Zoological Society of London)
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