Innovative artwork shines light on Thames’ condition

A new art installation which uses light displays to reflect the health of the River Thames is to be unveiled on its banks this Thursday.

‘Thames Pulse’ is a large interactive work of art which will be featured on the front of the Sea Containers building on the South Bank.

The hi-tech installation will use daily data samples taken from the waters to create a display reflecting the river’s health – whether good, average or poor compared to the previous day’s data reading.

The work has been made by artist Jason Bruges, who has previously created light displays at the top of the Shard.

Water quality updates will be posted on a regular Twitter Feed @ThamesPulse and the Thames Pulse webpage (, along with calls to action to join Thames21 volunteering projects.

Thames21 aims to engage the public with 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.

The Thames Pulse project aims to highlight Thames21’s work, to encourage Londoners to explore and reconnect with their iconic river, and to add a striking new attraction to the capital.

The lights are being switched on at a high-profile event at Mondrian London at Sea Containers on March 16.