• Toxteth Reservoir

FACT submits plans for Toxteth Reservoir installation

FACT has submitted plans for a new “immersive” art installation inside the disused Toxteth Reservoir.

The Liverpool arts centre was awarded £250,000 last November from Arts Council England for ‘Rewire’.

The visitor experience aims to explore the “power and effect of individual agency in the connected digital and physical world” with robotic lights and interactive storm clouds.

Expected to take place this autumn, the installation is part of Liverpool 2018, a year long programme of cultural projects to mark the 10th anniversary of Liverpool being European Capital of Culture.

The Grade II-listed reservoir (officially known as the High Park Street Reservoir) on High Park Street and Letitia Street was built in 1845.

Its original use was to provide clean water to local residents in order to improve health and sanitation.

A planning application submitted to Liverpool City Council for the building, which became redundant in 1997, reads: “The installation will provide an immersive and beautiful experience where visitors would enter through the “entrance” and be guided by a lit pathway through the space, with different images and effects being triggered around the audience.

“The space would mostly be in darkness but paths of fog would light up around the edges of the walkway where visitors would walk along the constructed path, the light shifting and different sounds emerging.

“Visitors will smell petrichor perfume as its released along the pathways and hear the sound of rain first as the whole space pours with thick monsoon rains around the paths. Using lights, a rainbow will also appear.

“Water will be heard dripping and flashes of light will reveal ice suspended in every direction and will appear to be floating in a sequence.”

The proposed opening for the installation is 21 September.

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