Spot the deer! Pop-up light shows illuminate Leytonstone

Acclaimed artists Greenaway & Greenaway are curating unmissable displays over two weekends

What with Tier 2 now in place, and everything starting to feel a bit more normal, there’s now one more reason this weekend to tramp down the high street after 4pm darkness hits. (And yep, we know that sofa has never looked more appealing in this grim weather.)

Light Up Leytonstone is the work of awesome local artists Greenaway and Greenaway, who have previously created installations for the V & A and the Roundhouse, as well as the 2019 Waltham Forest Borough Of Culture launch.

The iDeer. Photo: G & G

This month they’ve been commissioned to create projections and light installations to bring a bit of life and colour right into the heart of E11. The big switch-on conveniently takes place on 5th December on Small Business Saturday, so there’s no excuse not to come and – socially-distanced, of course – check it out.

Launching the light show will be the return of the transient iDeer 2.0, allowing passers-by to glimpse an “elusive fallow deer” that will roam across the town centre’s buildings over the course of the night. The idea (geddit?) is that it allows locals to reconnect with the “majesty and wonder of the nature on their doorstep”. By which we assume they mean Epping Forest.


Light Up Leytonstone: Greenaway & Greenaway

There also promises to be “bespoke interventions” in empty shops, hosting Future Festive Forms, a series of abstract light treatments celebrating sparkling symbols in the form of projections and LED installations.

And central to the whole glorious display will be historic St John’s Church – which will remain awash with lights throughout December. Christmas maybe isn’t cancelled, after all.

iDeer 2.0 takes place on Saturdays 5th and 12th December, 5-7pm, while Future Festive Forms are 4-9pm on the same days by St John’s Church E11. Follow #LightupLeytonstone for more.

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