The Garden of Floating Words, UK

The Garden of Floating Words, UK

ART: Best Light Art Scheme – Low Budget

The Garden of Floating Words

London, UK

Lighting Design:
Elisa Artesero, UK

Canary Wharf Group

Main Lighting Suppliers:
City Neon, Birmingham


UK-based Light and Text Artist, Elisa Artesero, was commissioned to create ‘The Garden of Floating Words’ for the Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival, London, UK, 2017.

Emerging from within the foliage of the Jubilee Gardens during the month of January, a cluster of glowing words forming a poem appeared to be floating in the dark. Using neon, a light source traditionally associated with the city, Artesero created something ephemeral to make a space for quiet contemplation within the busy complex.

During the daytime the words were revealed to be on tall rectangular clear acrylic stands, their structure echoing the tall buildings of the surroundings; but at night the words alone became the main feature, giving the effect of floating words.

Artesero said of the work: “When I visited the Canary Wharf site, I was inspired by the bright glow from the tall buildings. I took the clipper boat across the river and as the boat drew further away, the brightly lit buildings looked to be almost floating just above the water. This is where I took my inspiration.”

You’ve gone
Touching leaves
In the Moonlight

he poem (written by Artesero) hints at a story for within the garden. It connected with visitors in different ways: many felt it was a message of hope to all; others felt a more personal connection to the words/story. Whichever message was taken from it, it served to create a pause in people’s journey, and a moment of contemplation.