David Adjaye and Amanda Levete compete in London bridge lighting contest

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The Illuminated River Shortlist

David Adjaye and Amanda Levete compete in London bridge lighting contest

David Adjaye, Amanda Levete and Diller Scofidio + Renfro are among the six design teams shortlisted to create light installations for the bridges on London's River Thames.

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The Blurring Boundaries proposal is designed by a team led by Adjaye Associates

The six shortlisted teams are led by London practices AL_A, Adjaye Associates and Sam Jacob Studio, New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York-based artist Leo Villareal and Lyon lighting studio Les Éclairagistes Associés.

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The Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms proposal is created by a team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Whittled down from 105 entrants, the six shortlisted teams in The Illuminated River competition have devised designs that involve spotlights, projections and florescent tubes.

Together the groups contain 73 artists, architects, designers, planners and engineers from across Asia, Europe, as well as North and South America.

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Current is the design from the fourth team, which is led by Leo Villareal

"Since the founding of London, the mighty Thames has been the city's main artery, linking north and south, east and west, encouraging business, activity and recreation," said Hannah Rothschild, who is chair of both The Illuminated River Foundation and The National Gallery.

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A River Ain't Too Much To Light is the proposal from team five, which is led by Les Éclairagistes Associés

"But at night, the river becomes a ribbon of darkness, a place that few enjoy and at odds with the ambition to make London a 24-hour city," she added. "This project will bring light, energy, beauty and recreation to the river and at the flick of a switch, transform the city at night."

The Illuminated River Foundation charity set up to fundraise for the project has already been pledged donations of £10 million – from the Rothschild Foundation and the Arcadia Fund.

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Sam Jacob Studio and its team created the sixth proposal, which is named Thames Nocturne

The proposals will be on show at London's Royal Festival Hall from 9 until 29 November 2016, with a winner announced on 8 December 2016.

The winner will be selected by a jury including artists Michael Craig-Martin and James Turrell, as well as former Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones and Second Home founder Rohan Silva.

See the full shortlist:


Team one: Blurring Boundaries, led by Adjaye Associates

Team: Cai Guo-Qiang, Chris Ofili, Larry Bell, Jeremy Deller, Philippe Parreno, Richard Woods, Mariko Mori, Lorna Simpson, Teresita Fernández, Joana Vasconcelos, Angela Bulloch, Thukral & Tagra, Katharina Grosse, Glenn Ligon, Doug Aitken, Tomás Saraceno, onedotzero digital consultants, Plan A Consultants, DHA, Hurley Palmer Flatt, AKT II, AECOM, Arup, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tavernor Consultancy, DP9, Four Communications, Hayes Davidson digital visualisers, Bosch and iGuzzini.


Team two: The Eternal Story of the River Thames, led by AL_A

Team: Asif Kapadia, Simon Stephens, SEAM Design, Arup, GROSS. MAX., Mark Filip, Soundings and DP9.


Team three: Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms, led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Team: Oliver Beer, Arup, Copper Consultancy, L'Observatoire International, Penoyre & Prasad, Jennifer Tipton and Transsolar.


Team four: Current, led by Leo Villareal

Team: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace, Atelier Ten, Beckett Rankine, Bradley Hemmings, Core Five, Futurecity, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, MBNA Thames Clippers, Montagu Evans, Pentagram, Price & Myers.



Team five: A River Ain't Too Much To Light, led by Les Éclairagistes Associés

Team: Ecqi, Federico Pietrella, GVA Lighting Europe Limited and Ewo.


Team six: Thames Nocturne, led by Sam Jacob Studio

Team: Simon Heijdens, Studio Dekka, Daisy Froud, Elliott Wood, Jackson Coles and John Tyrer.