• 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.


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)

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.

Accompanying the installation is a digital experience that seeks to provide a glimpse into the sights, sounds and inspirations for Aurora. The narrative spans four environments - glacier, sea, rainforest and below the water, explored from the central position of a digital representation of the reservoir. The App features a new composition made from global field recordings and music created for the installation inlcluding a performance recorded in the Reservoir by four schools in L8 on 6 July, 2018.


Download for free from the App Store or Google Play.

Aurora App made by Invisible Flock and Romit Raj, Babitha George, James Hamilton, Etza Meisyara and Abshar Platisza.

Featuring the voices of pupils from King 's Leadership Academy, St Silas Primary School, Holy Family Primary School and Mathew Arnold Primary School during a collaboration with Invisible Flock, the FACT Learning Team, Musician and Engineer Simon Fletcher and Composer James Hamilton.