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Aurora by Invisible Flock

Toxteth Reservoir, High Park Street, L8 8LU
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Part of the Autumn 2018 season

For over 100 years it held 2 millions gallons of water...

Aurora is an experience like no other. 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. Because when we understand that water is more precious than oil or gold, we view everything differently.

Beautiful and sentimental, it leaves viewers with a sense of wonder, reaffirming beauty in the organic world.


Created by internationally renowned artists Invisible Flock, Aurora uses state of the art interactive technologies, soundscapes, lasers and ice sculptures to captivate the beauty and power of water, set within the cavernous walls and cloisters of the reservoir.

It is all about water. The Toxteth Reservoir used to hold 2 million gallons of it and now sits empty. For three weeks in September 2018, artists from all over the world will create a totally unique type of experience that will feel like walking through a waking dream about water. A global story full of legends, innovation, magic and beauty, set inside one of Liverpool's Victorian hidden gems.

A truly extraordinary experience

Liverpool ECHO

Toxteth Reservoir. Photo: Brian Roberts

Toxteth Reservoir, a brick fortress perched on the top of Liverpool’s High Park Street and the size of half a football pitch, was one of the first in the world to use cutting edge Victorian engineering to preserve fresh water for Liverpool’s growing population. In this powerfully immersive experience, the history, mystery and beauty of one of Liverpool’s hidden gems is reimagined for the 21st century.

Go behind the scenes and discover how four local schools came together to create the magical soundscape for Aurora.

Get a glimpse of the sights, sounds and inspirations for Aurora by downloading the app. Explore four environments in a digital recreation of Toxteth Reservoir - glacier, sea, rainforest and below the water.

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Aurora is co-commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology) and Invisible Flock in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Dingle 2000. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and British Council.

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