Although Winterfest and the ‘Reflections of the Future’ installation are postponed to November 2021, Christmas will still return to Wembley Park this year, ‘United in Light’.
The Wembley Park community and visitors will be able to enjoy several festive installations this Christmas, offering family and friends moments of joy to celebrate together after an extraordinary year.
The tallest LED Christmas tree ever built in London, which was hugely popular last year, will return to Wembley Park on Thursday 26 November. The 25 metre tree with a bespoke, kinetic 100,000 LED light display will return to the Royal Triangle outside London Designer Outlet. The tree will be adorned with a new, specially-commissioned digital artwork called ‘Aurora Arbour’ from artist Siân Bliss. She has based the design on the spectacular and magical movements of a winter night’s sky because we can all see the same sky even when we are separated. This concept will also illuminate the creative neighbourhood with digital animations and illustrations featuring sunrises, moon cycles and aurora borealis across Bobby Moore Bridge, four digital totems and fourteen LED banners adorning Olympic Way.
Festive selfie-spots will brighten up Wembley Park providing the perfect Instagram moments. The selfie-spots will include ‘LoveSpot…Under the Mistletoe’, a 3-metre tall heart sculpture adorned with mistletoe and pulsating red lights on Wembley Park Boulevard; ‘Star Box’, a giant gift-box shaped cube, filled with glowing golden lights and shimmering sequins situated on Zig-a-zag Allee; Bauble, an enormous illuminated Christmas bauble that visitors can step inside and immerse themselves in on Weaver Walk; and Angel Wings, allowing visitors to really feel divine this Christmas outside the new Wembley Mark Market Emporium, on Market Square.
As part of this year’s Christmas display, Wembley Park will unveil a new ‘United in Light’ Instagram-led artwork on its Spanish Steps. In a year of people being asked to stay apart, the artwork, created by East-London artist Tash Randolph, will feature hundreds of unique, self-illustrated faces placed side-by-side to represent the community facing the pandemic together. In a unique art process, Instagram users were invited to be part of this inspiring artwork by drawing their self-portraits on Instagram stories*, combining the digital world with the physical. From a distance the illuminated artwork will give the illusion of a rainbow climbing the steps, whilst up close it will show all the individual people who submitted a self-portrait, with their drawings rendered by the artist.
Josh McNorton, Wembley Park’s Cultural Director, explained, “Although we have made the difficult decision to postpone Winterfest and the ‘Reflections of the Future’ installation to November 2021, Christmas will still be coming to Wembley Park this year. London’s tallest LED tree is returning, lighting up on 26 November, alongside spectacular illuminations on our trees and boulevards, new digital artworks and festive selfie-spots brightening up the neighbourhood. We look forward to welcoming the community and visitors back to Wembley Park over the Christmas period. Our festive activations aim to deliver hope and joy to family and friends at a time when they need it most.”
*You are invited to take part by drawing your own face using the Instagram story template found here and submitting it – deadline is 22 November