NUIT BLANCHE TORONTO - A DARK CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
Sunday, 05 October 2014, 08:41:50 PM
The celebration of the arts during a whole night, starting at 6:00 PM and going all the way to sunrise has created a level of energy in the downtown core of Toronto like no other event at this time of the evening.
Rivers of people, usually in groups, wander through the streets with great expectation to see the free installations of hundreds of contemporary artists in several disciplines, from painting, acting, music, photography, sculpture, etc. who transform the city for the public's delight or dislike.
Some places are just packed and there is little space to move or breath but the crowd continues chasing the next show like a pilgrimage of the arts.
Though there is a lot of information posted online and in print media, often times it is necessary to go and check it out in person as the description or the images shown may not really represent the true dimension of the exhibit. Extended projects can be seen for another week including night installations of artists playing with light, colours, forms and effects.
The Garden of Renova, designed by the Centre of the Arts and Design at George Brown College was made entirely of coloured toilet paper and attracted a huge amount of visitors who mixed and mingle in the curvaceous forms recreated in the space.
The CanAmerican Energy Arts Team showcased a set of two large oil barrels united by a pipeline representing the energy independence (or dependence) of the two nations. A fountain pumping black gold accompanied by a multimedia landscape exhibit intended to have a different communication approach to the public.
Ghosts of our former selves with visitors faces painted by the artists that glowed in the dark.
Dress rehearsal with shadow boxes displaying the innermost moments of musicians who perform solo offering an interesting contrast in the dark of the night.
The human brain installation by influential Cuban artist Yoan Capote titled Open Mind, offers a space where visitors can walk underneath the metal labyrinth and interact with each other regardless of faith, culture or political beliefs.
Made in China featuring a facade made with articles produced in China in the middle of Chinatown is a colourful display that calls the attention of the passersby.
An extended installation at Fort York, allows visitors to feel treated like celebrities walking on the red carpet with the backdrop of the city.