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Poetry lights up London landmarks
Artist's impression of Barbican, copyright Jenny Holzer / Artists Rights Society
The project is part of the Beckett Centenary Festival
Light projections of words scrolling over London landmarks are to illuminate the night cityscape.

City Hall, the Barbican, Senate House, Somerset House and St Paul's Church will all provide a canvas for the work of American artist Jenny Holzer.

Her project 'For London' will use poems by Samuel Beckett and other writers to trickle over the buildings, similar to her previous work in France and Spain.

The artist aims to engage passers-by with words and architecture.

The project was commissioned as part of the Beckett Centenary Festival at the Barbican, celebrating the work of the Irish Nobel Prize winner, considered to be one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century.

The lights will be turned on from 1930 to 2300 BST for eight nights from Friday.

On New Year's Eve, images of London's heroes including cricketer Andrew Flintoff and the late DJ John Peel, were projected onto the riverside Shell building in central London.

While last year in Chinatown, artwork was projected onto walls in an attempt to attract people back to the West End after the London bombs and help to raise the profile of British Chinese artists.




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