From 6 pm on Saturday, October 4 to the early morning of the next day the city of Toronto was turned into an art gallery. Nuit Blanche was underway and throughout the city there were numerous art instillations that would light up the night sky. The 10th anniversary of Nuit Blanche gave some new perspective into the history of the movement while creating new memories in the process. The different zones created this year was not only astonishing but were beautifully crafted to reflect the theme of the zones. These are the highlights that I loved while seeing the different pieces during Nuit Blanche.
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Inside Out: Artist JR created a beautiful spiral of photos on the floor of City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square). People took their photos at the photo booth and their photos ended up in the art project itself. It was amazing to watch the art piece grow. The Toronto sign was changed to show photos of people within the sign. It was really cool to see the Toronto sign being reflective of it’s own population.
The Eyes of the Bridge was phenomenal, honestly one of the highlights while you were walking to the Go Bus Terminal at Union Station. The different eyes that were projected upon the bridge highlighted what Toronto is about: diversity. While you walked away, it seemed that the eyes were following you, which was really cool. It was really well done.
At Campbell’s House, you could have projected your own eye onto the front of the building. It was really cool to see people’s eyes of all shapes and sizes being projected on such a large scale.
PARK HERE, was a park built just underneath Nathan Phillips Square in the parking garage. Honestly I didn’t expect this and it was refreshing to see green space when usually it’s hard to come by within this city block. The smell reminded me of being in a provincial park. It was amazingly done.
I saw most of “The Work of Wind” zone, “Dispersal Zone” was the effect of temperature and it was able to be seen by Smoke. Given that it was a very windy night, the smoke was seen very quickly in front of the lights before quickly disappearing but it gave such an eerie feeling. The smoke showed the concealed parts of our city landscape, or make things visible like wind. It gave a new meaning to the word “breathtaking”.
“Destroyer and Preserver; hear, O hear!” was to show the damaging by smokestacks of the waterfront, in addition of our ecosystem, by having inflatable smokestack. This was a weird one but it lead into the highlight of the night for me. “Black Cloud” was amazing to say the least. 30,000 black moths cut out of paper and were clinging to the walls and ceiling of The Power Plant. It was really awe inspiring to see the whole project and how it was drawing such beauty from the space it was in.
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Memory Lane was my favourite overall zone. As I passed by Drake One Fifty, “Light Cave” by FriendsWithYou, stood out like a beacon of light. The different colours and the large shape actually did bring people together. I also loved “Silent Knight” by Ekow Nimako, which was the owl made out of 50,000 Lego bricks. My favourite was Catherine Chan’s piece “I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day”. Her piece “reflects on the personal and universal memories we have of love while also considering the ways in which our memories can be affected by mental health conditions such as seasonal affective disorder, which is treated by light therapy–the re-creation of sunlight.” It was absolutely stunning and reminded me that there is more to life than just school.
The Open Book Project I got to see, and it was eye opening to see how reading has improved lives. It also opened my eyes to world literacy and how important it is, one book can transform someone’s life even with social and economic disadvantage. This was an amazing piece just to highlight how much literacy is important.
Silenced Saris – This was really cool to see as this exhibit explores images of South Asian women through different periods of time and reimagining of what body positivity and sexuality can look like for South Asian women now. It was really interesting to see the changes throughout time and how the changes have impacted women today.
“The Face of Toronto” by Architech was really cool and to see the different faces and through deep technology creating one unified image representing “The Face” of Toronto, this was amazing. It was really cool seeing how technology was analyzing certain areas of the face of the photos.
Finally, “Reverence in Reverie” by Mary Ma was at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church. When you walked into the church there were clouds above the floor projected onto 50 feet of fabric. It brought a surreal feeling of being in a dreamy landscape. It was something out of this world and absolutely ethereal.
This was my first time doing Nuit Blanche and it was amazing. I cannot wait to go again next year. I would say get there early because the line ups are long and it might take a couple of hours to see one exhibit but it was well worth going. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite artist or find something to inspire you. Definitely check it out next year.