The Outdoor Illuminated River Of Light Trail Is Returning To Liverpool’s Waterfront This Autumn

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


The trail will showcase light installations with an accompanying soundtrack.

The city’s waterfront is about to get a glow up once again with an outdoor illuminated art gallery set to take over the area for 17 nights as part of the River of Light Trail. This autumn, the people of Liverpool can experience a series of spectacular audio and visual installations along the Mersey, which will showcase the work of leading local, national and international artists.

From October 22 to November 7, 12 light installations with the theme Rhythm of the Light will take over the city centre, with each artwork inspired by Liverpool’s musical heritage, the majority of which will have an accompanying soundtrack. The artists who will be part of the 17-night free trail have now been revealed and visitors can expect the usual awe-inspiring pieces similar to the scale of the stunning installations which transformed the waterfront earlier in the year.

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Some of the highlights of The River of Light Trail include:

Dance Together, Canning Dock Quayside, Museum of Liverpool

Dance Together is a brand new commission bringing together artistic studio Lucid Creates and Suzannah Pettigrew with Chibuku to celebrate recently passing the milestone of 20 years of events in the city. This sound and light experience brings together archive music from some of the most celebrated nights in the club’s history alongside site specific poetry created by multidisciplinary artist Suzannah Pettigrew. This celebration of club culture will be accompanied by a collection of digital images from across the 20+ years of Chibuku in the atrium of the Museum of Liverpool.

The Pool, Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE

Jen Lewin has shown her interactive light sculpture around the world and is bringing one of her most celebrated works The Pool to Liverpool. The Pool is a giant field of light featuring over 100 interactive LED platforms that change color and swirl with light when you walk on them. Using mesh-network technology and custom code, you can activate the different platforms as you walk on them – the patterns change each time so why not see what creative artwork you can make?

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Liverpool, Love of my life,  Liverpool Town Hall

Chila Kumari Burman is one of the UK’s most celebrated artists and she returns to her hometown for this unique new commission. Inspired by Diwali (which is on the 4 November) and her love of Liverpool, this collection of neon artworks Liverpool, Love of my Life will take over the front of Liverpool Town Hall and be accompanied by an Indian and Bollywood inspired soundtrack. Themes of identity and memory will be explored through symbolic neon sculptures and words and Chila will be taking inspiration from feminist perspectives, mythology and her Hindu Punjabi heritage.

Spriteworks, Canal Basin, Pier Head

Spriteworks features a gathering of ‘PIXEL’s which float across the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in the first outdoor commission from Warrington-based artist Pastel Castle. Inspired by classic 90s computer games, Spriteworks brings together a 3D visualisation of classic 2D gaming with a bespoke soundtrack created by the artist on her original Gameboy. Working in partnership with local collective The Kazimier, this artwork bridges the gap between the digital and physical worlds with the pixel cubes featured that can be thought of as 3-dimensional television screens and each cube broadcasts a unique display of frame-by-frame pixel animation.

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Details of all of the other artworks being presented can be found on the River of Light Trail website and include: Sonic Runway by Rob Jensen & Warren Trezevant, Iconic Site by Sans Facon, Trumpet Flowers by Amigo and Amigo, Wave by Squidsoup, Fly by Night by The Kazimier, Light Piano 2.0 XL by Kleurbleur, Singularity by Squidsoup and Limelight: Saturday Night by Sans facon.

Four of the artworks have been specially commissioned for Liverpool – these are Dance Together, Spriteworks, Liverpool, Love of my Life and Fly By Night. The autumn route will be designed to allow people to maintain social distancing, but anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 should not visit the trail.

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