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Now on its 8th year, Nuit Blanche Toronto is a dusk to dawn contemporary public art event spread throughout the cit held on October 5 to 6.. City spaces and neighbourhoods are transformed into temporary exhibitions with more than 110 art projects created by close to 500 artists. Nuit Blanche was originally conceived in Paris in 2002 in an attempt to bring contemporary art to the public masses. Toronto was the first North American city to replicate the Paris model.

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“El Agua del Niebla” – a giant hammock composed of 72,000 meters of thread

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“The Anthropocene”

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Made with intricate wheat paper cut-outs

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“Queen of the Parade” – a mixed video, fashion and performance art

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“Paper Orbs” – an origami float slowly being dismantled

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“The rose is without why” – a poem written with fluorescent lighting [“Crash Cars” in the foreground]

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“Crash Cars” – two driverless cars set on a loop

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“Smoke House” – cedar smoking hut powered by three bicycles

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“Display-Displace” – stacking of elements to disrupt standard seating

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“Campfire” – a video installation

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“l’air du temps” – a sensory environment using scent

The highlight of this year’s Nuit Blanche is Ai Wei Wei’s new edition of his Forever Bicycles installation consisting of 3,144 connected bicycles forming a three-dimensional sculpture creating an incredible visual effect.

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The installation process of the works:

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A week before

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Two days before

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Two hours before

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“Parallax” – composed of stacked tubes

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“Rumbling Drumlins”

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“This, I Build For You”

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“Hybrid Globe”

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“Ferris Wheel”

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“(X)Static Clown Factory”

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“Monster Child”

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“Human Sweat Generator”

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“Paper Orbs”

4 thoughts on “Nuit Blanche

    • It was definitely a fun evening – and the turn-out was impressive and festive! Though I overheard one guy telling his date that he does not care about art, all he wants to do on a Saturday night is to get drunk! Ha

  1. Beautiful pics. Paper Orbs was an exhibition my brother worked on as an intern. He was actually there manning the station. However, i couldn’t see it in person as I was loaded with school work. Glad you enjoyed it though.

    • Congratulations to your brother! Theirs was a very successful exhibit with a long line of people wanting to go through. I also saw lots of people walking around with the paper helmets. Thanks for the note and dropping by!

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