Duke Riley’s epic outdoor work saw over 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies above the River Thames in a glorious spectacle of unprecedented scale and beauty.
In its first international performance since its premiere at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, Riley’s world-class airborne installation was reimagined for London’s historical military location of Thamesmead, paying beautiful homage to some of the First World War’s unsung heroes who played crucial roles delivering messages between distant personnel.
Fly by Night followed in a LIFT lineage of exceptional outdoor productions that bring London to life. From Sky Orchestra which saw hot air balloons broadcast a dawn symphony over the city’s rooftops, to One Extraordinary Day for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad which saw acrobats scaling London landmarks such as City Hall, the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye.
Fly By Night was originally commissioned by New York based public arts non-profit, Creative Time. It is co-presented with Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and Thamesmead’s 50th anniversary.
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