TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - From dusk until dawn, audiences flooded Toronto's streets for the ninth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. They experienced more than 120 contemporary art projects from 400 local, national and international artists, ranging from sculpture and performance art to mixed-media and interactive installations, and beyond.
A few highlights of what audiences saw and experienced include seven laser lights spanning two kilometres across Toronto for the epic and beautiful Global Rainbow (Yvette Mattern); a 360-degree aquarium-like sculpture containing captivating performances for HOLOSCENES (Early Morning Opera/Lars Jan); 7,000 beach balls printed to resemble globes in the thought-provoking Walk among Worlds (Máximo González); a sound- and light-based installation connecting the past with the present at Fort York called Melting Point (LeuWebb Projects/Jeff Lee/Omar Khan); the over 35' high flamboyant outdoor sculpture Big Top Grand Stand (SuttonBeresCuller) and thousands of "infected" people finding a cure in HALFLIFE (Shasti O'Leary-Soudant).
Ten projects will remain on display through October 13. Artist and curator commentary videos for the extended projects can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1vt5N0V. Details about the extended projects:
Global Rainbow by Yvette Mattern
October 5 to 9 and 12 to 13, 6 p.m. to midnight and October 10 to 11, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. at 222 Spadina Ave. (south of Dundas Street West but visible city-wide)
Made in China by Maria Ezcurra
October 5 to 13, open 24 hours a day at 330 Spadina Ave. (north of Dundas Street West)
Silent Rise by Glenda León
October 5 to 13, open 24 hours a day at Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)
Screaming Booth by Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin
October 5 to 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. (at Bay Street)
Big Top Grand Stand by SuttonBeresCuller
October 5 to 13, open 24 hours a day at Clarence Square Park, Spadina Avenue and Clarence Square.
8th Wonder by Michael Oatman and Brian Kane
October 5 to 13, 6 p.m. to midnight at Union Station, Great Hall, 65 Front St. W. (west of Bay Street)
Open Mind by Yoan Capote
October 5 and October 10 to 12, noon to 10 p.m. and October 6 to 9 and 13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd.
Ascendant Line by Wilfredo Prieto
October 5 to 13, open 24 hours a day at Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Rd. (West Gate)
Melting Point by LeuWebb Projects, Jeff Lee and Omar Khan
October 5 to 13, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Rd. (visible from the fort)
Good News by Antoni Muntadas
October 5 to 13, 24 hours a day at Toronto Public Library (Fort York Branch), 190 Fort York Blvd.
Visitors travelling to Toronto any time from now until October 13 can still book travel packages at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche official hotel partners, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel or Eaton Chelsea, Toronto starting from $159 a night.
More information and high-resolution images of event highlights are available at http://bit.ly/1ASouuI.
Official attendance and economic impact figures for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 will be released in November. Plans are already underway for the 10th edition on October 3, 2015.
About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto's arts community. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 950 official art installations, created by nearly 4,000 artists and has generated more than $177 million in economic impact for Toronto. Look for information and updates at http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca, on Facebook at facebook.com/sbnuitblancheTO and Twitter at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO
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Image with caption: "Global Rainbow from artist Yvette Mattern illuminates Toronto at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 (CNW Group/City of Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141005_C2235_PHOTO_EN_6336.jpg
Image with caption: "HOLOSCENES, an aquarium-like-sculpture from Lars Jan debuts at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 (CNW Group/City of Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141005_C2235_PHOTO_EN_6337.jpg
Image with caption: "Big Top Grand Stand by SuttonBeresCuller entertains audiences at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 (CNW Group/City of Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141005_C2235_PHOTO_EN_6338.jpg
SOURCE: City of Toronto
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