hosted from november , , to january , 2006, at New London Architecture (newlondonarchitecture.org), the city's only exhibition center devoted to documenting London's built environment, the exhibition 'London Lights: The Art of Architectural Lighting' celebrated the growing importance of lighting and its creative contribution to the nocturnal staging of the city. Original lighting schemes were represented by an eclectic collection of urban environments, ranging from classical squares and monuments to glazed buildings, high-tech bridges, and power stations. These contributions to the city's landscape offer an alternative to its daylit demeanor, through which the visitor's attention is diverted to unexpected locations and unfamiliar views of the everyday cityscape.
Although the show discussed the treatment of emblematic buildings, such as the soft rendering of the Royal Albert Hall's architectural ornamentation and Lloyd's of London's iconic blue lighting scheme (right), the majority of the exhibit was dedicated to emerging architecture and lighting solutions, such as the Croydon Skyline project and the lightwork behind the A13 Highway. Both projects demonstrate that lighting can invigorate dull environments, animating a decaying and anonymous-looking quarter of town, or smoothing a rough concrete overpass into an urban setting.
From paver's signs and Christmas decorations to projections in narrow alleyways, these London projects demonstrated that there is no space too small or too inconsequential to be transformed by the power of light. aurelia duplouich