For over 100 years it held 2 million gallons of water. Now it holds you…
Step inside the cave-like vaults of Toxteth Reservoir for a 40-minute ‘walk on water’. Through dark chambers and between towering iron arches, water surrounds, floods and falls around you, both beautiful and terrifying. The sights, sounds and wonder of an ice cave, a tropical rainforest and monsoons unfold before you. But as you find yourself on an island, are you safe or are you trapped? Because when we understand that water is more precious than oil or gold, we view everything differently.
A work that combines sensory and interactive technologies with water in various different states, visitors to Aurora can experience a living, responsive environment powered by water and human presence that will change each and every day. Taking water as a starting point, and it’s core material, the installation wants to mend our relationship with water, asking the audience to reimagine it as the most precious element on earth, vital to all life as we know it. A surprising and astonishing feast for the senses!
Tickets £8 – 10, available at the link above.
Aurora also includes a series of public events taking place in L8 during the summer, inviting communities around the reservoir to get involved with creating elements of the final artwork.
There will also be an app where users can remotely experience and interact with elements and works featured.
Aurora is part of Liverpool 2018, a year long programme of cultural projects to mark the tenth anniversary of Liverpool being named European Capital of Culture.
Commissioned by FACT in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Invisible Flock and Dingle 2000. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and British Council.
Image: Invisible Flock