Alternative Christmas Lights

Every year the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading stages a light switch on event at the Riverside for its visitors. In 2017 they approached We Are Placemaking produce an alternative Christmas Lights installation.


We Are Placemaking were asked to source and install a Christmas Light installation that would exhibit six weeks over the festive period, and go live in time with the 2017 switch on event. The ‘River of Light’ installation was also required to be designed in a way that would incorporate the River Kennett, which runs through the space.


Supplier sourcing and management

Event production and management

Health and Safety consultancy

On call assistance for technical faults


Aleksandra Stratimirovic’s ‘Northern Lights’ installation, which debuted at the Amsterdam Light Festival and has toured internationally since, was brought over to the Oracle Riverside for its first time in the UK.

The 100 LED tubes were suspended above the river to create a reflection of the Northern Lights in the water below.

The installation has since been taken to London to exhibit in Lumiere 2018.

Photo credit Aleksandra Stratimirovic