• 21 September 2018 - 7 October 2018

By Invisible Flock



For over 100 years it held 2 million 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.



Toxteth Reservoir, High Park Street, L8 8LU



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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.


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.  


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.   



Victoria Pratt, Ben Eaton, Catherine Baxendale, Klavs Kurpnieks (Invisible Flock, UK)

In collaboration with:

Miebi Sikoki & Rudi Nurhadi (Digital Nativ, Indonesia)

Babitha George & Romit Raj (Quicksand, India)

Abshar Platisza (Indonesia)

Azusa Ono (Japan/UK)

Bagus Pandega (Indonesia)

Etza Meisyara (Indonesia)

James Hamilton (UK)

Simon Fletcher (UK)



General Information

- Duration: 40 minutes no interval

- Aurora is a site specific installation and takes place in a damp, derelict Victorian reservoir. All efforts have been made to create an accessible environment however, if you have limited mobility or any other concerns regarding the environment please contact us on info@fact.co.uk or call 0151 707 4444.

- Warm, waterproof clothing and flat shoes are advised

- This immersive experience contains moments of complete darkness and lasers will be used therefore it is not suitable for people with conditions such as epilepsy or claustrophobia.


Aurora Publication One - Imagining Water


This publication is conceptualised and made by Quicksand. Our global perception of water may vary, but the connection we have with it is essential to who we are as human beings. We hope to share that through these stories as well as the collaborative journey of creating Aurora.


Click on the image below to read online

pub 1


 The publication is designed by studiocarrom.com.

Join the Aurora Team!


We are looking for volunteers to work as part of the Front of House and Set-Up teams for Aurora, during 18 September - 7 October. 


By volunteering, you will be a vital part of a one-off installation. You will greet visitors and guide them through their journey, and working with both the FACT team and Invisible Flock, learn more about the work and its background, to ensure everyone’s experience is a memorable one.


Aurora is a very special, outdoor installation which makes the most of the incredible location of Toxteth Reservoir - a Victorian building. As such, the environment is damp, and volunteers should be aware of this. The work also contains moments of complete darkness and lasers so might not be suitable for those with claustrophobia or light sensitivity.


How to ask questions and apply:

To apply please click here to be directed to a online form. Alternatively email volunteer@fact.co.uk, putting the title of the email as AURORA and stating what role you would like to take volunteer as: ‘Front of House’ or ‘Set-Up’. 


All efforts have been made to create an accessible environment, but if you have any concerns or questions about volunteering in this kind of space, or as part of this project, please email the Aurora Mediator, Cathryn on cathryn.peach-barnes@fact.co.uk or call 0151 707 4444, we would love to talk to you further and make sure you can join in too.


If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the project as well as a chance to meet the team we will be holding the following sessions:

Open Meetings

Thursday 30th August , 4pm

Toxteth Town Hall, L8 8DX


Tuesday 28th August, 4pm

FACT, 88 Wood St, L1 4DQ


If you would like to attend please email Cathryn on cathryn.peach-barnes@fact.co.uk with the title OPEN MEETING: TOXTETH or OPEN MEETING: FACT.


Please note a mandatory Briefing Day for all volunteers will be held on Tuesday the 11th September from 1pm-5pm. If you are not able to make this, please tell us in the Comments section of your survey or your email.