On a wet early November evening, my niece and I braved the rain and the wind coming off the Mersey to take in the delights of the River of Light – an outdoor illuminated gallery on Liverpool’s Waterfront.
River of Light is an annual event. This year it ran from 21st October to 6th November 2022 (5pm – 9pm). The trail featured ten illuminated artworks across a 2km loop by local, national and international artists. Unfortunately, we missed a few of the illuminations and, due to predicted high winds, one was taken down that evening.
The first of the illuminations we came across was Evanescent by Atelier Sisu. Situated on Exchange Flags Square, Evanescent is an 8-metre tall, larger-than-life bubble artwork. Visitors could walk between the bubbles.
Walking down the hill to the Waterfront, we spotted the Kinetic Perspective illumination by Juan A. Fuentes Muñoz. We watched it in motion as we waited to cross The Strand, but we didn’t go over for a closer look (and I forgot to get photos/video!).
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We found the Electric Dandelions by Abram Santa Cruz down at Pier Head. They are designed to look like dandelions during the day and endless fireworks at night. We spent quite a bit of time watching them.
Just across from the Electric Dandelions was the Light Looper by The Kazimier. With rings and spirals, the Light Looper is interactive and invites up to four people to send particles of light zooming around it, building up speed until it shoots up to the very top. I completely forgot to get any photos or videos of the Light Looper as I was watching my niece send the lights around it.
Just down the Waterfront from the Light Looper was Continuum by Illumaphonium. Continuum is made up of 20 mirrored monoliths each standing 2.5m tall and they made up a geometric maze pattern visitors could walk through.
We somehow missed the Dancing Ribbons by Yinka Ilori, and BEAM by Lucid Creates had been taken down due to the forecasted weather. We also missed Turn The Lights On, It’s Dark In Here because we were shielding our faces from the wind and rain and accidentally passed it by.
Rainbow Accordion by Amigo & Amigo was my favourite. It sat between the Hilton hotel and the entrance to Liverpool One. The Accordion was made from six colourful archways with interactive pads for people to step/jump on, creative waves of light, colour and music.
We also missed Affinity as we carried on through Liverpool One to shelter from the wind and rain.
Despite the weather and missing some of the illuminations, my niece and I enjoyed following Liverpool’s River of Light. I think it was worth getting wet for! It’s a great trail, free to visit and suitable for all of the family. I’ll definitely think about visiting the trail again if it’s on next year.