Kissmas lights

This Christmas, they’ll be a little bit of extra magic for London’s shoppers thanks to designer Paul Cocksedge.

Cocksedge was responsible for London Design Festival’s giant penny sculpture Size and Matter on the Southbank and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s A Gust of Wind, which allowed visitors to take away part of the Corian installation.

Cocksedge’s Christmas installation, which will be located in Covent Garden, will be similarly interactive and romantic enough to get any Scrooge into the festive spirit.

Kiss by Paul Cocksedge
Kiss by Paul Cocksedge

A 15m tree dressed with 50 00 bespoke white a red LEDs and 100 stroke lights will illuminate the Piazza. Nothing special you might think, but the tree’s spectacular lighting sequence can only activated by two people kissing under the mistletoe, which hangs in front of the tree.

Yet again, it’s a charming example of an installation where people are integral to the piece, something which Cocksedge says is key to his work.

He adds, ‘With high tech installations there can sometimes be a disconnect, but with this it’s people’s touch that lights up the technology.’

The installation will be unveiled in the run up to Christmas, allowing busy shoppers to take some time out of the commercial aspects of holiday and get a bit soppy.

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  • Me November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    The launch night on Nov 11 features a performance by Pineapple Dance Studios and a kiss auction with a celebrity TBA (from 6.30pm, auction 7pm). Other attractions include a food market every Thursday until Dec 23 (11am-7pm) plus Dec 17-19 (until 5pm Dec 19), Dec 22 and 23 (until 9pm Dec 23); and the chance for kids to pet a real reindeer (every Sat except Dec 18, plus Wed Dec 19). The decorations will remain on show until Jan 3.

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