The 12 artworks featured in ‘Rhythm of the Light’ have been confirmed

THE popular River of Light trail will return to Liverpool in October, with each artwork inspired by the city’s musical heritage. It's been confirmed that the next episode of the light installations will run with the theme ‘Rhythm of the Light’. We’re not sure if this is a deliberate nod to the track by Corona, but we’d love to have been in that marketing meeting. Oh yeah.

I jumped at the chance to create an immersive experience that celebrates Liverpool’s club culture

For 17 nights, from Friday 22 October until Sunday 7 November, the waterfront will be transformed into a free illuminated outdoor art gallery. Twelve large scale light artworks will create a 2km trail in the fourth edition of River of Light.

River Of Light Rhythm Of Light Liverpool Waterfront October 2021 Rainbow Bridge Free Events
Around 120,000 people visited River of Light in March 2021 © VMA

Highlights include Dance Together at Canning Dock Quayside / Museum of Liverpool, a brand new commission bringing together artistic studio Lucid Creates and Suzannah Pettigrew with Chibuku to celebrate passing the milestone of 20 years of events in the city.

This sound and light experience will bring 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. The 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.

River Of Light Liverpool 2021 October Installations Dance Together Canning Dock
'Dance Together' at Canning Dock will celebrate Chibuku © James Ward

At the Town Hall will be Liverpool - Love of My Life by Chila Kumari Burman, one of the UK’s most celebrated artists who returns to her hometown for this unique new commission. Inspired by Diwali and her love of Liverpool, this collection of neon artworks will take over the front of Liverpool Town Hall and be accompanied by an Indian and Bollywood inspired soundtrack.

Spriteworks at Canal Basin, Pier Head, is the first outdoor commission from Warrington-based artist Pastel Castles. This artwork is inspired by classic 90s computer games. Working in partnership with local collective The Kazimier, Spriteworks brings together a 3D visualisation of classic 2D gaming with a bespoke soundtrack created by the artist on her original Gameboy.

Chavasse Park will feature The Pool, a giant field of light comprised of over 100 interactive LED platforms that respond to touch, creating incredible colourful light effects when walked on. The piece will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack curated by the artist Jen Lewin

River Of Light The Pool Artist Jen Lewin Chavasse Park
'The Pool' by artist Jen Lewin in Chavasse Park, Liverpool

Other artworks 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 2.0XL by Kleurbleur, Singularity by Squidsoup, and Limelight: Saturday Night by Sans Facon.

Helen Swan from Lucid Creates said, "I wrote my dissertation on Liverpool's club scene in the early 2000s and spent many of my formative years inside The Masque, so when Culture Liverpool approached us to commission a collaboration with Chibuku I jumped at the chance to create an immersive experience that celebrates Liverpool’s club culture in all its glory.

"Dance Together is a celebration of the music and people - the family - that have kept Chibuku at the heart of the Liverpool club scene for over 20 years."

River of Light - ‘Rhythm of the Light’ runs from Friday 22 October to Sunday 7 November.

River Of Light Trail Map

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