I missed Nuit Blanch this year. While I was away, I heard lots of good things about the installations at Nathan Phillips Square, including the fact that they will remain until the 10th of October.
Silly me went during the day. It didn’t look too impressive then!
There were lots of tourists taking pictures.
and schoolkids hanging out by the 3D Toronto sign.
Oh right, it’s a night time, after dark sort of thing. Come back after 7 p.m.
So last night I went back at 7 p.m. …. but last night was also the first game of the Blue Jays playoff series against Texas and it was playing on a large screen in the square. I watched the end of the game. There wasn’t a very large turnout, but the atmosphere was great. Everybody was in a good mood as the Blue Jays won 10 – 1.
Shortly after the end of the game, the large 14 metre globe that represents the sun lit up. “Death of the Sun” by Director X (Julien Lutz) began.
The sun starts as a swirling orange and yellow globe.
It then turns orange before the colours die out and fade to nothing.
At one point the sun lets off steam, gas, fog (whatever you want to call it) before it goes silent.
The end of the sun signals the start of “Pneuma”. Images by Floria Sigismondi were projected onto a wall of water under the arches in the square in what appears to be a short film full of symbols.
‘Oblivion’ is the name given to the collection of installations at City Hall. Both of the artists come from the world of video. Sigismondi has previously made videos for the like of Rihanna, David Bowie and Marilyn Manson while Director X has worked with Rihanna and Drake.
It was an interesting installation…. well done technically and fascinating to watch.
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