The Thames will now host a new art installation created by acclaimed artist Jason Bruges to put a spotlight on the river’s health.
Called ‘Thames Pulse’, the installation, launched by London media agency MEC UK and the capital’s leading waterways charity Thames21, will reflect the river’s health, in real time, on the iconic Sea Containers building on the south bank.
MEC UK, which is based at Sea Containers, devised the lighting project to help raise awareness about the condition of the Thames and to support Thames21 in its mission of protecting it and other London rivers.
The charity engages the public around issues affecting London’s iconic river, including working with volunteers to remove litter. It also collects data about its health through its Thames River Watch project, supported by Tideway, the company delivering the super sewer in London, to tackle sewage pollution in the river.
MEC enlisted Jason Bruges Studio to create a dynamic artwork for the façade that represents the water quality. Data from the Thames will be read daily to monitor the condition of the river in central London and this will inform visualisations displayed on an array of lights on the river-facing façade.
The artwork will display one of three patterns based on whether the water quality is good, average or poor compared to the previous day’s data reading. Water quality updates will be posted on a regular Twitter Feed @ThamesPulse along with calls to action to join the Thames21 volunteering projects, driving people to a specially created landing page on the Thames 21 website, found below.
The Thames Pulse project aims to highlight Thames21’s work and to encourage Londoners to sign up for voluntary activity to help improve the river, such as taking part in a Thames21 Clean Up or becoming a citizen scientist with the Thames River Watch programme.
The goal is also to help people understand how they can help improve the Thames’ health in their daily lives: everything from not pouring detergents and other pollutants into rainwater drains in the road, to disposing of plastic water bottles and other packaging responsibly. For more information please visit the website below.