Liverpool Love Of My Life

Liverpool Town Hall
High Street
Liverpool City Region
L2 3SW
Liverpool Town Hall lit up in neon colours


Artist: Chila Kumari Singh Burman
United Kingdom

Liverpool Love Of My Life is part of the 2021 'River of Light' programme. For full details of this year's River of Light, visit the dedicated page.

Words from Chila Kumari Singh Burman

Liverpool Love of My Life is a celebration of my hometown city and the incredible upbringing I had from my inspiring and enterprising parents who came to this country without a penny. A visual love letter to my city, this piece will record my own remarkable journey from a girl growing up on the backstreets of Liverpool, to a household name with my works held in multiple public collections and on display in exhibitions globally. Liverpool and my upbringing in this city, has played a significant role on the way I have come to perceive the world.

As well as celebrating my heritage and upbringing in this project, I’ll be drawing on the River of Light as a theme. Adorning the façade with a number of illuminating neon sculptures, and references to water.

New neon pieces will mark a difference from my previous neon works, taking on a fresh new approach to form, line and composition. Derived from graphic line drawings, these new pieces will all be linked to the story of Ramayana which teaches us that it is not only possible, but necessary to ensure victory over evil forces. This message will resonate with the public at a time where we are all continuing to navigate life post pandemic. 

In an effort to make the installation as sustainable as possible, some of the neon sculptures from previous public installations will be reused such as that of the goddess Laskhmi, baby Hanuman, the moon and the word joy. Like in much of my practice, this installation will represent my feminist beliefs and activism, in keeping with my drive to challenge stereotypes of South Asian women I’ll be adding in my auto portrait to the installation.

Ultimately my intentions for the River of Light 2021 is to light up Liverpool Town Hall with a visual celebration of my hometown. Themes of identity and memory will be explored and I’ll be taking inspiration from feminist perspectives, mythology and my Hindu Punjabi heritage. 

With this commission falling over the Diwali period, the installation will be a joyful celebration of the festival of light. 

The soundscape for this artwork will activate for 15 minutes, on the hour every hour from 6pm to 9pm. 

Description of the artwork for those who are visually impaired

The artwork consists of neon pieces adoring the façade of the Liverpool Town Hall, with a number of illuminating neon sculptures, words and references to water. The Liverpool Town Hall is a 18th century listed building in a Georgian style. 

Description of the soundscape for those who are hearing impaired

The 2 Punjabi traditional folk songs Chimta Ta Vajda and Charka Chanan Da have been remixed  to create a 12 inch double AA side two track reggae / drum n bass sound complimented by vocals by Irene Parveen.

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On display (22 October 2021 - 7 November 2021)

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