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Why 15 of London’s bridges are going to become a leading light in the art world

The Illuminated River project
The Illuminated River project will involve up to 15 bridges across the capital Credit: The Illuminated River

At a time when private funding of arts and culture is facing greater scrutiny than ever, the Rothschild family is getting behind what is claimed to be one of the biggest artworks in the world, painting up to 15 of the capital’s most iconic bridges in a visual spectacle of colour and light

The announcement last month that Sir Mark Rylance was resigning from the Royal Shakespeare Company, in protest against its sponsorship deal with oil giant BP, was yet another blow to the British arts community, reeling after a year of difficulties. The actor, an associate artist who last appeared on stage for the RSC in 1989, pointed to climate change, writing, ‘I do not wish to be associated with BP any more...

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