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Jason Allen 18/12/23

Life at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Life | A Spectacular Light Show In A Central London Church

One of central London’s oldest churches is getting a light show…

…and it looks like it’s going to be a religious experience.

Or at least, it will be if last January’s show is anything to go by. As with 2023’s inaugural spectacle, ‘Space’, Life comes to us from a projection art company called Luxmuralis who’ve digitally daubed the likes of Westminster Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral, among many others, using a technique called ‘projection mapping’ in which they fit the computer-assisted light show to the exact space they’re casting colours onto. The results are frequently quite extraordinary, and ever-so-slightly trippy.

luxmuralis at st martin in the fields

This January they’re back at St Martin in the Fields on Trafalgar Square – which is where you’ll be standing to take in the first part of the show. The exterior of the church will be lit up with dazzling, ever-changing imagery inspired by nature, especially designed by artist Peter Walker.

Stepping inside, you’ll then find the story continues down in the subterranean crypt, before finally bursting into the main part of the church, where the space’s magnificent architecture will be wrapped entirely in a gigantic visual feast, all tailored to perfectly fit each column, wall, and window.

light show in a church

Space, 2023

It’ll all be accompanied by a bespoke soundtrack, specially composed for the event, and timed to fit both the mood and the relative speed of the images as they flash past. It’s pretty casual, and you can dip in for a few minutes, or take a seat and soak up the whole thing, which is set to last around 45 minutes.

At least, that’s the projected length.


NOTE: Life runs at St. Martin in the Fields from 30th January – 3rd February 2024. You can book tickets (£8-12) and find out more at the site right HERE.

St Martin-in-the-Fields | Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ

Drinks after? Go for one of the best bars in Covent Garden…


St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ

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