Halo at St Stephen Walbrook by Moritz Waldemeyer @ London Design Festival 2023 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF.

Celebrating Sir Christopher Wren’s legacy @ London Design Festival 2023. Halo by St Stephen Walbrook by Studio Waldemeyer – Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF.

Architecture, Design – 2023 marks the 300th anniversary of Sir Christopher Wren’s death. London Design Festival, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, delves into the legacy of the extraordinary architect and polymath through a contemporary lens. By collaborating with contemporary designers Pablo Valbuena and Studio Waldemeyer. The Festival presents two Landmark Projects exploring how his works remain relevant and inspiring today.

Aura by Pablo Valbuena at St Paul's Cathedral @ London Design Festival 2023 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF.

Aura by Pablo Valbuena at St Paul’s Cathedral – All photos by Ed Reeve, courtesy of London Design Festival 2023.

At St Paul’s Cathedral, London Design Festival, in association with Artichoke, presents Aura by Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena. His live installation transforms the sounds in the cathedral into a pulsating line of light projected at an architectural scale.

Deeply intertwined with the context and fabric of Wren’s masterpiece, the installation “approaches what a temple means in today’s world and examines the potential of time, sound and light to create contemporary rituals,” explains Pablo Valbuena. Aura listens to “the sound, voices and music generated in St. Paul’s and materialises them into a spectral, three-dimensional aura that enhances the ritual aspects of this space.”

Aura by Pablo Valbuena at St Paul's Cathedral @ London Design Festival 2023 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF.

Aura by Pablo Valbuena at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Studio Waldemeyer has created the Halo light installation within St. Stephen Walbrook Church. A conical pendulum hanging from Henry Moore’s famed altar traces a celestial path around, evoking planetary motions and creating an ethereal halo. Slow colour transitions on the grand dome, inspired by natural phenomena like the aurora borealis, amplify the meditative aura.

Halo at St Stephen Walbrook by Moritz Waldemeyer @ London Design Festival 2023 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF.

Halo at St Stephen Walbrook by Studio Waldemeyer.

“Halo transcends religious affiliations, inviting viewers from all walks of life to immerse themselves in a unified appreciation of history, art, and spirituality.” Explain Studio Waldemeyer. “It is a captivating journey into the past and an evocative exploration of the celestial, encouraging the modern viewer to find spiritual resonance within the timeless and the ethereal.”

Halo at St Stephen Walbrook by Moritz Waldemeyer @ London Design Festival 2023 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF.

Halo at St Stephen Walbrook by Studio Waldemeyer.

All photos by Ed Reeve – Courtesy of London Design Festival 2023.