GIANT illuminated weather balloons and music from old gramophones will transform a Liverpool park next week.

Calderstones Park will host a nocturnal trail of sound and light over five evenings.

The Victorian gardens are set to host Power Plant as part of Capital of Culture celebrations.

The weird and wonderful nocturnal show was originally commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and Oxford University?s Botanic Gardens.

Now it has been remastered with a host of new installations created by 10 artists specifically for Liverpool.

Producer Simon Chatterton, for the Contemporary Music Network, said: ?The show was commissioned in Oxford but we were looking at bringing it to somewhere else in the UK and it?s really nice that it?s Liverpool.

?One of the themes is that music is very broad and varied, and you can hear sound in lots of different ways. This will introduce people to sound and to really listen to sound.

?Being in the gardens in the middle of the night is really magical.?

The Arts Council-backed production will feature 25 different installations spread throughout the park and in ponds, trees, gardens, glasshouses and bushes and powered by ingenious means such as windscreen wiper motors.

Mr Chatterton said: ?You might walk under a tree and notice lots of little lights moving about, accompanied by sound as if some strange, luminous flock of birds has landed there.

?Elsewhere giant illuminated weather balloons will be scattered across the lawn like puffball mushrooms, each one with a harmonica in them so as they deflate you get different sounds, almost like a choir.

?People can come at any time between 7.30 to 10pm and take it at their own pace.?

Power Plant runs nightly from October 8-12.

Tickets are ?3 in advance, of ?9 for a family ticket in advance on 0151-702 5324 or by visiting the Bluecoat - Home

You can also pay on the evening, with entrance ?5 or ?12 for a family of either two adults and two children, or one adult and three children.

For more details visit POWERPLANT

catherinejones@liverpoolecho.co.uk


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