The Marble Arch Mound will come alive with W1 Curates light exhibition

8 Jul 2021
Purple light cubes in a dark room
Image: W1 Curates

Experience a spectacular light exhibition at the Marble Arch Mound.

The Marble Arch Mound, London’s newest outdoor attraction, will feature a, one-off light exhibition by W1 Curates when the 22.5m tall hill opens to members of the public on Monday July 26.

This unique collaboration between Westminster City Council and W1 Curates, as announced today, will offer members of the public an opportunity to enjoy a special art exhibition called Lightfield, led by British/American artist, Anthony James.  

Lightfield at the Mound

Lightfield 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.

Westminster City Council Leader ,Cllr Rachael Robathan, said:

“Not only will visitors be able to admire stunning views of our city on top of the Marble Arch Mound, but they will also be able to enjoy an incredible light exhibition put together by W1 Curates just for us.

It’s London’s most talked-about tourist attraction and I really encourage residents and visitors to come and see what the fuss is all about.

We have been extremely ambitious with our plans to revive the city and we are confident this creative approach will secure the District’s long-term success by drawing in crowds to central London.”

Mark Dales, Founder of W1 Curates, said:

“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.”

Artist, Anthony James, said:

“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.”

The Marble Arch Mound is designed by world renowned architect MVRDV, the striking attraction introduces a park-like landscape of grass and trees and ‘lifts’ the corner of Hyde Park.

The green Mound will give visitors an experience of the great outdoors right at the centre of the city and a 360 degree view they have never seen before.

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 steps. 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.

The Mound has been designed with strong sustainability standards, with materials used to be recycled or reused where possible to provide a lasting legacy.

The Marble Arch Mound will be open to visitors on Monday July 26 until January 2022.