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RIVER OF LIGHT: Illuminated art gallery


An outdoor illuminated art gallery has taken over Liverpool's world-famous waterfront.

For fourteen nights, the city's residents can experience the River of Light Trail, which showcases the work of leading local, national and international artists. Bringing together eleven stunning audio and visual installations, the trail opens a year on from the first lockdown.

Launching on the anniversary of the first day of lockdown, theres a real focus on looking ahead to brighter times, and the council say they want Liverpool residents to start to slowly and safely discover the city once again.

The artworks include the Rainbow Bridge – In a major coup for the city, a 30.5-metre-long, 9-metre-high rainbow will be showcased for the first time outside of America. Made up of more than 25,000 programmable LEDs which will convey special visuals and messaging.

All in the Balance – Located outside the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Building at the Royal Liverpool Albert Dock has been created by Liverpool's own Lantern Company - an illuminated kinetic artwork of a gigantic butterfly mobile surrounded by wild grasses and flowers. It's a celebration of nature and the arrival of spring.

Neighborhood – Castle Street will become a temporary home to a washing line, on which hangs illuminated laundry. The clothing represents communities from across the city and celebrates people of different backgrounds living together harmoniously.

The team delivering the trail has been working closely with Public Health Liverpool and members of the Safety Advisory Group, to ensure it is as Covid-safe as possible.

It has been designed with safety and distancing in mind – the 2km trail and distance between each artwork ensures social distancing can be observed.

Visitors will be encouraged to wear face coverings at all times, signage will give advice on how to stay safe and staff will be on hand to remind people of the guidelines.

Details of all the artworks, which can be viewed from 6pm-10.30pm each evening, can be found online.

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