Light installations made from waste at the Lumiere Festival

Consumerist Christmas Tree

Last week the incredible Lumiere Festival lit up the city of Durham, UK.  The festival showcased stunning light installations by artists from all over the world. One of the works on show was Litre of Light by My Shelter Foundation, a Filipino charity that has brought light to thousands of people around the world via a new technology developed at Harvard.  The light bulbs are made from 1 litre bottles, water and chlorine.  The Consumerist Christmas Tree by Spanish collective Luzinterruptus was a 9m tall tree made from discarded plastic shopping bags donated by the public.  There was also an aquarium in a British red phone box – a collaboration between installation artist Benedetto Bufalino and lighting designer Benoit Deseille.  The work has been installed in various cities around the world since 2007.  The Lumiere Festival will also be taking place in Londonderry, Northern Ireland 28th Nov-1st December.

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Lumiere Festival DurhamPlastic Bag Street Lights

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Phone Box AquariumPhone Booth Aquarium, Republic of Mauritius 2009

Phone Box AquariumPhone Booth Aquarium Biarritz 2009

Images via The Independent and The Journal and Design Boom 

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).