Marble Arch Mound, London’s newest outdoor attraction, will feature a 5,000 sq ft space where Lightfield, a one-off light exhibition by W1Curates, will be on display for Marble Arch Mound ticket holders to visit.
Lightfield is led by British/American artist, Anthony James, and consists of cubes, connected via ethernet cables, which will simulate the interconnected root structure of a birch tree forest. The cubes all communicate with one another creating a large canvas for light to dance around.
It is all controlled by a single computer ‘brain’ and will have an interactive element which will allow the light to follow visitors as they walk through Lightfield.
Visitors will be able to access the art exhibition at the heart of Marble Arch Mound, where M&S Food will also be providing food and drinks, served from their bespoke food trucks.
The 25m high grass-covered pop-up viewing platform, adjacent to the Grade I listed monument, opens to visitors from 26 July until January 2022. The Marble Arch Mound offers an immersive and interactive experience for visitors, and will give visitors incredible never-before-seen views, as London makes plans to welcome back tourism.
Tickets to The Marble Arch Mound include entrance to Lightfield and are on sale now. Prices start from £4.50.
Lightfield consists of 12 cubes that allude to the mycorrhizal nature of birch tree forests. This is the first time my work has been displayed and viewed in this fully immersive way – installed within an infinity room that transports visitors into another world to create a meditative and limitless narrative.
Anthony James, Artist
Designed by world renowned architect MVRDV, Marble Arch Mound introduces a park-like landscape of grass and trees and ‘lifts’ the corner of Hyde Park.
Members of the public will be able to experience the spectacular views of the city by climbing via a single continuous route, which is around 130 stairs. For those who may find stair walking a challenge, a lift will be able to take visitors to the top and back down to ensure it is fully accessible and can be enjoyed by all.
Marble Arch Mound has been designed with strong sustainability standards, with materials used to be recycled or reused where possible to provide a lasting legacy.
Now more than ever, public art projects occupy an important place in society. They provide opportunity for all to discover and enjoy art, they also encourage much needed footfall back to London. The Marble Arch Mound is a perfect opportunity to collaborate and show everyone what can be accomplished when we pull together.
Mark Dale, founder of W1Curates