Nuit Blanche, the night when young and old alike, come in search of interesting art displays, free museum access and art galleries as well as live performances.
The novel concept was originally created in 1984 by Jean Blaise, founder of the Research Centre for Cultural Development in Nantes, France and has since become a festival experienced by over 120 major cities worldwide.
If you live in Toronto, the 10th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival kicks off tonight with over 110 exhibits across the city.
This year’s installations include:
-Silent Knight, 2015 by Ekow Nimako, which is a massive barn owl created with 80,000 LEGO pieces and located at: Gardiner Museum (Outdoor Platform), 111 Queen’s Park.
-Frío Estudio del Desastre, 2005 by Los Carpinteros, (pictured above) it features a photograph of an exploding wall, which has then been recreated in three dimensions, to give viewers a first-hand look at the obliteration frozen in place, located at: Exterior of Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square.
-Light upon Light!, 2015 by Abdullah M.I. Syed, is a large moon made out of hundreds of prayer caps. It also glows, which as any Nuit Blanche veteran can attest to, is an important factor to most exhibits. Located at: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Cinema 5), 350 King Street West.
-Lava Field No. 2, 2015 by Robert Wysocki, is a moving geomorphically accurate lava field created by using a customized coke-fired cupola which can generate temperatures higher than 1800°C. This art piece has been 5 years in the making. Located at: Sugar Beach Park, 11 Dockside Drive (the exhibit is on a barge viewable from North & East shores of the shore).
Event maps are available at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche information centers and transit is running all night to accommodate and give people the chance to see as many exhibits as possible. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and go experience some unique art installations but don’t forget to bundle up!