Riverlight Commissions

David Moore (Artist), Kate Davis (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Title of Output: ‘Riverlight’
Author(s): Kate Davis & David Moore
Date(s) of Output: 2010-2012
Type of Output: Public commission
Location: Tideway Wharf, Nine Elms, London
Exhibiting artists: Kate Davis & David Moore

Lighthouse, Water & Light commission Riverlight ,London 2010  ongoing due for completion in 2017

The Water & Light is the major permanent commission  at Riverlight , Nine Elms a St Jame’s development with a total budget commission of £200,000. This followed on directly from  the Dockland Light Railway station at Langdon Park in 2010. It contributes to our ongoing research exploring the spatial properties of language and in particular how language, object and image can work together, specifically in artworks that exist within the public domain. The resulting work Lighthouse  consists of 121 elements that will span the 5 acre site Riverlight conjuring up a magical journey that nods to myth-making, personal  histories  with a particular reference to Poetics of Space by Gaston Bacheleard.


The commission is project managed by Futurecity a cultural place making agency . working in partnership with Gillespies, MDM Props, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Scottscape, Fountain Workshop, and the art fabricators Millimetre.


This method of working through ‘intervention’ resulting in an embedded artwork has been promoted  and cited by Futurecity in the many presentations they have given across the UK and internationally especially in the USA.  Invited to take part in Canaletto Talks at Clerkenwell Design Week  2015 Public Realm and the Art of Collaboration with Mark Davy (Futurecity) Richard Wison RA, Stephen Richards (partner Gillespies) and Tim Lucas (partner Price and Meyers)



Two initiatives arose as a direct consequence of this commission ; studioRCA and 5 student permanent artworks at Riverlight.Davis instigated the partnerhip between RCA and St James which resulted in StudioRCA a public facing funded RCA project space in Wandsworth. and five commissions for permanent artworks  in each entrance of the residential buildings as an opportunity for RCA students to experience the commissioning process from beginning to end while at college. ECA students also exhibited work in this space as part of the ECA@RCA exchange. In 2014 and 2015.


Original languageEnglish
SizePublic commission
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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