Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Toronto's First Annual Nuit Blanche 2006 - Post # 3

This is the final post in a short series about the Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto.

These three pics are on Philosopher's Walk (behind the ROM). This is the much publisized fog sculpture, the idea (or so I heard) being that as you walk through it, each person changes and creates the scuplture. Although walking through the fog with a bunch of strangers was really cool, I didn't find that the above idea really held. Its interesting how fog can be captured on film.

These next two pics were, I think, also on Philosopher's Walk. Each of these long pieces of paper ties to tree branches with tinsel were printed with wishes. Bad part: there were only a few originals, the rest of the papers were just repeats. The good part: visitors took it upon themselves to write in some of their own wishes in pen. Most memorable, something like "I wish that everyone could be happy in their own way". Amen to that! Testify!

And, finally, my friend the lovely Miss Kitty Galore (aka Kristyn Dunnion) did a reading of her most excellent literary work (at the Heliconian club which can be seen in the previous posts).

All in all, this was a great festival, and I hope they do it again next year, and every year following. Toronto has been trying extra hard in the last few years to promote itself as world city (Waterfront Revitalization, Four Seasons Centre, ROM, AGO and Royal Conservatory renos, downtown wi-fi) just to name a few. This can thus be seen as the latest attempt to achieve this end. Let's see if the results are good enough to see it thorough to next year! To see what other people were saying about Nuit Blanche, see bloggers here and here. On Flickr, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail, and of course, Spacing.


lilfunky1 said...

Hey, thanks for the link! The fog in Toronto installation was really cool, but because it rained I think that sort of ruined it. The organizers were trying to protect the grass, which made only a very narrow pathway for people to walk through.

The ice sclupture was nothing like what I had imagined it to be, I read there were supposed to be red pieces of fabric frozen into it, that would float away while it melted and I never saw that.

But I also hope that it goes on again next year, and if it does next year I'll be making sure to stay up the whole night!

Critical Kitten said...

No problem..let's hope its a go next year!