Raspberry Ripple by Tony Heaton is one of 50 artworks by UK and international artists set to transform London’s streets, buildings and public spaces into an extraordinary and immersive nocturnal art exhibition of light and sound.
Raspberry Ripple may be seen as humorous, subversive, political. Pink neon, a playful typescript, it can be superficially read as a fun image, reminiscent of ice cream, fun fair, sea-side, sweet and fruity, sexy even.
There is a deficit, the letter ‘p’ is missing from the vertical word, Rasberry, it’s a silent letter, seen but not heard, the horizontal word Ripple already has two letter p’s, it could be considered that three is a crowd – this deficit may or may not be obvious to the casual viewer.
The form is a cross, a rood. It’s not a crucifix but there is a sacrifice of sorts.
Raspberry Ripple…is rhyming slang for Cripple, words can oppress but we cripples resurrect it in Crip culture and Crip humour, it’s ours alone to own.
Produced by arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by the Mayor of London, the four-night festival is completely free to attend. Following the success of the first Lumiere London in January 2016, this second edition extends from North to South across six city destinations: London’s West End, King’s Cross, Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank & Waterloo.
Lumiere London is the capital’s largest art event and receives major support from London & Partners, London’s West End, King’s Cross and Bloomberg Philanthropies with additional support provided by a host of partners and funders including Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Wellcome, The Fitzrovia Partnership and the Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo BIDs, as well as Cain International, Marriott and Universal Music.
As in 2016, audiences will be able to enjoy pedestrianised streets and experience London as an open-air gallery without walls. With more than 50 artworks featuring across the capital, visitors are encouraged to plan their route and enjoy the festival over a number of nights.
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Outside the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London