Tom Dixon, the acclaimed British designer, has created a spectacular suspended light installation in the welcome lane of Television Centre, the former home of the BBC in London’s White City. The lights are already on, allowing lucky locals to pass beneath on their way to work and get in the Yuletide spirit.
Eleven strings of lights, complete with 160 hanging geodesic brass pendants, will be suspended between a pathway of bare-branched trees, illuminating the area. Tom Dixon, who was born and raised in West London, close to Television Centre, has designed each pendant using intricately etched and patterned razor thin brass sheets. The structures belong to his iconic Etch family of designs, which cast a complex web of shadows when illuminated.
Television Centre’s welcome lane, which was the gateway for every visitor to the BBC until 2013, is now accessible to the public for the first time following re-landscaping by AHMM and Gillespies. A series of food trucks will also take residence from 5 December 2016, offering a destination for visitors to the area and the local community.
Tom Dixon has been commissioned by White Noise, a live research project about urban change based in White City, and Stanhope to conceptualise and complete the installation. Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of Television Centre, said: “We are thrilled that one of the UK’s finest industrial designers, and one of our close neighbours, is to enliven our welcome lane with this striking light installation. We hope that the public enjoy the work, truly a beacon for White City and another symbol of the positive change that Television Centre’s opening up will bring to the area.”
Get down there and marvel. Click here to find out more about White Noise.