Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is one of the best festivals in Toronto. On October 5, 2013 from 6:51pm to sunrise, the City of Toronto invites you to wander the streets and have interact with unexpected pieces of art. Some of the art may also come to you. Keep an eye out for a man covered in stuffed animals doling out hugs or the man wrapped in burrs. If you’d prefer to go to the art, here are some projects that you should look out for this year.
Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei. World-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will exhibit a new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. 3,144 interconnected bicycles will form a three-dimensional structure creating an incredible visual effect.
The rose is without why, 2013: This poem is written by Johannes Scheffler. The poem, written with standard fluorescent lights spanning more than 300 feet, has an aspect of the spectacular while expressing a poetic and philosophical dimension and reflects upon the nature of the art and the place of the spectator.
The Big Crunch Franck Scurti’s installation features bicycle wheels fitted with clockwork mechanisms. Each wheel mechanism also moves the hands of the clock in a reverse rotation. The wheels are exposed to the wall as mechanical gear and stools are placed in front of the wall so that spectators can sit and watch the wheels turn.
Tanks Cal Lane’s sculptures juxtapose industrial materials with domestic elements. Their fabrication process involves the labour-intensive hand cutting of lace fabric patterns directly into recycled steel oil tanks and I-beams. Alternately strong and delicate, masculine and feminine, practical and frivolous, the sculptures deliberately confuse notions of function and ornament.
1-855-IS IT ART For one night only, the artists are here to help you question these questions. Please call 1-855-IS IT ART to speak with one of the highly trained advisors. Let them help you through the night. Call toll free from anywhere, or visit Toronto City Hall to watch this service being streamed live from the VSVSVS call centre headquarters.
Music Box Music Box is an absurd mechanical contraption that creates frenetic musical noise in celebration of, and response to, the surreal carnival-like atmosphere of the event.
PARRALAX In a stationary parade, people flow around the floats, engaging them as they pass by, but in this case the movement of the crowd replaces the usual movement of the floats. In and of itself, PARALLAX has no motion and is a stationary light fixture, but it becomes a shifting object when the observer travels down its length.