Nuit Blanche Toronto Returns with Intriguing Lighting Installations

The CN Tower is one of the most popular landmarks in Toronto, it emitted rainbow lights on october 3 to celebrate Nuit Blanche. (All Photo Courtesy of Philips)

For one sleepless night last weekend, Toronto buzzed with excitement for the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

This popular all-nighter celebrating contemporary art featured more than 110 projects created by 400 artists.

Since lighting installations are often a big part of these nighttime festivities, let’s take a peek at four light art projects that were featured during Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2015.

Light Cave, by FriendsWithYou

Light Cave is undoubtedly one of the most imposing and bold installations at Nuit Blanche Toronto. Elephant-like in its form, this inflatable structure represents a symbol of light and connectivity. It throbbed with energy and light producing “a sensory rich experience that unifies viewers under its canopy.”

According to the artist group FriendsWithYou, the main goal was “to open a dialogue that is inclusive of all people under one Light Cave.”

Light Cave is a cathedral of the spirit, according to FriendsWithYou.

Time of the Empress, by Aziz + Cucher

Time of the Empress was shown as a monumental projection on the façade of the OISIE building in Toronto.

The artists say that this work depicts “the structural outlines of modernist buildings in varying stages of construction and demolition. It signifies the fragile state of many structures, especially those built in the 1950’s and 1960’s, which are being dismantled across the globe in favour of contemporary buildings.”

This process can also be interpreted as a reflection of the unstable flow of our economy, the cycles of nature, and the many changes we experience in life.

Time of the Empress outlines the bulnerable status of many modern buildings built in the 1950's and 1960's. The art installation is projected onto the façade of the OISIE building in Toronto.

Lost Giants, by Heather Schibli

Lost Giants is a 70 metre projection of a white-silhouetted pine which illuminated the southern facade of the Art Deco Commerce Court North office tower in the Financial District.

Schibli explains “Toronto was covered in oak savannahs and pineries. Historic records indicate that white pines reached 70m in height, whereas today’s mature pines stretch a mere 30m. By 1910, these giants were completely removed from our landscape, and thus from our collective psyche.”

The towering projection takes place in an area where white oaks once stood high and proud just a 150 years ago.

The 70 meter projection illuminated the southern façade of the Art Deco Commerce Court North Office tower in the Financial District.

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