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Light Up Nine Elms

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The Nine Elms neighbourhood is lighting up this winter as beautiful illustrations of the nine elms trees growing along Nine Elms Lane are projected by artist Jony Easterby onto buildings around the area.

From 13-21 December, the detailed tree drawings by artist Pippa Taylor will come to life each evening after dark, their silvery branches transforming old and new buildings around the neighbourhood.

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The event is free, accessible and open to everyone!

Discover the illuminations while enjoying a night out in Nine Elms or follow organised trails to see the elm projections on buildings old and new across the community, including New Union Square, ROSE community clubroom, Elm Quay Court on the Thames river path and six other locations.

Read art critic Tabish Khan’s view of Light Up Nine Elms

The illuminations have been commissioned by Wandsworth Council to celebrate the history of the area’s nine elm trees.

Read Jony Easterby’s post on how he created the elm tree projections and why it’s a unique project

The Nine Elms place name has been traced back to the 17th century and nine elm trees were known to be standing on Nine Elms Lane in the 1840s. The elms are thought to have been replanted several times since then.
Find out more about local street trees from expert Paul Wood.

Inspiration: The historic trees along Nine Elms Lane

Watch outdoor elm tree projections at:

  • ROSE community clubroom garden, Ascalon Street, SW8 4AN
  • Stroudley House, Patmore estate, SW8 4JH
  • Riverlight One (inside former StudioRCA – view through window), SW8 5AU
  • Elm Quay Court, on Thames river path, SW8 5DF
  • Waitrose, New Union Square, Embassy Gardens, SW8 7DN
  • Capital Building, New Union Square, Embassy Gardens, SW8 5DD
  • R&F Development (view from Riverside Gardens opposite), SW8 5DA
  • Lassco Brunswick House (side wall – view from Nine Elms Lane), SW8 2LG
  • Wendle Court side wall (also known as Martha Jones House), SW8 2LH

Exhibition of elm tree drawings

Plus, see Pippa Taylor’s hand-drawn artworks on display at The Turbine Theatre foyer.

Where: Battersea Power Station, Arches Lane, SW11 8AB.

When: Exhibition open between 13 December and 11 January, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 2pm. Closed on Mondays and closed 24, 25, 26 and 31 December, 1 January).

Map showing locations of light projections

Sold out: Photography at night workshop with Claire Powell on 14 December

Sold out: Street tree walk with Paul Wood on 17 December

Buildings around Nine Elms

Nearest train/tube:
Queenstown Road/Battersea Park, Vauxhall. Buses 156, 344, 436. Thames Clippers River Bus RB1, RB2, RB6 to Battersea Power Station and St George Wharf

Start date: 13/12/2019
End date: 21/12/2019
Open from 17:00 to 21:00

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