A spectacular 3D sound and light show has brought down the curtain on a weekend of festivities at the Pier Head to help mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Liver Building.
The 'On The Waterfront' free festival put on by Liverpool City Council was held from Friday to Sunday to celebrate both the centenary of the Liver Buildings and the opening of the new Museum of Liverpool.
Highlights included an appearance by blues singer Connie Lush, a Beatles-themed performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a concert by Liverpool band 6ix Toys.
Crowds were also treated to a nightly lantern display with illuminated characters mingling with the thousands who had gathered at the city’s world-famous waterfront.
The Liver Buildings were illuminated as the story of 800 years of
Liverpool’s history was told to large crowds of onlookers.
The Son et Lumière, the UK premiere of Czech arts company
'The Macula', used cutting-edge technology to tell the tale of
defining moments in the city’s past including civil war and
industrial revolution, the Second World War, and The Beatles.
The Royal Liver Building, which was designed by Walter Aubrey
Thomas, was opened in 1911 after just three years of
construction, and was one of the first buildings in the world to
use reinforced concrete. It is the purpose-built home of the
Royal Liver Assurance Group.
The clock faces, which sit atop the building’s two towers, are
25 feet in diameter, larger than those on London’s famous
Big Ben. An 18ft full-size replica of the Liver Birds, which are
perched above the building, can be seen at the new museum.
The Grade I listed building forms part of the Three Graces,
along with the Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building.
The new Museum of Liverpool opened on July 19th and
attracted over 13,000 visitors on its first day.
It is the largest newly-built museum in the UK for over a
century, and opening hours were extended to 10pm over the
weekend for On the Waterfront, although officials were forced to
close the building earlier on Sunday after a series of power cuts.
The museum promises to demonstrate Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world and “showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues”.
By Liam Deveney, Level 2 Editor
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The world-famous Royal Liver Building marked its centenary year with a spectacular 3D light show
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