Presence by Marcus Lyall

Presence by Marcus Lyall

UPDATE 19/12/2020: We are very sorry to announce the CANCELLATION of Marcus Lyall’s installation ‘Presence’ in the Royal Docks. We know this will disappoint many, however with London being placed into new Tier 4 restrictions, it is important that everyone follows the guidance and stays-at-home as much as possible.

Immerse yourself in light and sound as artist Marcus Lyall presents ‘Presence’, an outdoor, interactive laser and sound installation that reacts to visitor voices.

Presence will be installed in a derelict area between the concrete columns underneath Silvertown Way in London’s Royal Docks. Discover the installation by going to the pedestrian underpass by Expressway, 1 Dock Road, Royal Docks, E16 1AG. You can also watch this amazing installation online via livestream.

The work transforms this cavernous space into an immense illuminated ‘echo chamber’ filled by the laser light travelling through it. It responds uniquely to each sound and voice presented to it. Visitors are invited to engage with the work, activating it by using their voices by singing, shouting or speaking into the void. These sounds are then amplified, reverberated, distorted and echoed as they travel through the space.

See the work every evening between 5-9pm throughout 16 – 20 December.

London-based artist Marcus Lyall grew up in a house steeped in architecture, science fiction and hobby electronics and his work focuses around these forms, whilst also incorporating light, visuals, sound, lasers and images to transform underused places. Previous commissions include ‘On Your Wavelength’ a site-specific installation in Canary Wharf that mapped human brain waves in light, and music and ‘Scream the House Down’, where participants were invited to vocalise their inner frustrations to illuminate a four storey office building in London Bridge.

Whether you will be visiting in person or online, this is an installation you definitely won’t want to miss!

Further information on the latest government guidelines can be found here:

For further information on ‘what you need to know’ the Mayor of London has published information on the website which can be found here:

Time & date

16 - 20 December


Silvertown Way (E16 1AG) & Online

For your visit

Food & Drink

Nakhon Thai

Thai restaurant overlooking the docks, with a Polynesian-style cocktail bar.

Royal Victoria Dock
View on map

Food & Drink

Tapa Tapa

Tapas at this red-bricked Spanish place just inside the ExCeL comes traditional or with a modern twist.

Royal Victoria Dock
View on map


Tate & Lyle Sugars

This refinery on the banks of the Thames has been producing sugar by the tonne for over 140 years.

View on map