Toronto lights up another week: Luminato and TELUS extend Pulse Front due to overwhelming demand from Torontonians

    Interactive light sculpture is destination art, now changing the
    skyline's fabric until June 17

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - The world premiere of Pulse Front: Relational
Architecture 12 has captured the hearts and minds of Toronto. In response to
overwhelming demand, TELUS has decided to extend its sponsorship of the
biggest interactive light sculpture in the world from renowned artist Rafael
Lozano-Hemmer and extend its run for one more week so that Toronto can
continue enjoying the innovative merger of life, art and technology.
    Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12 is a cornerstone of Luminato,
Toronto's Festival of Arts & Creativity, taking place through June 10 in
communities and venues across the city. Pulse Front, a free event located
across Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, will now run through to June 17.
    "Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's original pairing of art and technology sparked
the skies over Toronto, and Torontonians have responded with delight," said
Joe Natale, president, TELUS Business Solutions. "It's our pleasure to support
this one-of-a-kind experience for another week and ignite a deeper
appreciation of creative innovation among Canadians. TELUS' partnership with
the Luminato Festival reflects our commitment to supporting local initiatives
in arts and culture in Toronto and to helping the communities in which we
live, work and serve."
    Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12 is the new searchlight piece by
acclaimed Mexican-Canadian electronic artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The
groundbreaking installation uses 20 robotic searchlights, 200,000 watts of
power and includes displays of up to 20 metal sculptures positioned along
Toronto's harbour. Each piece is installed with a biometric sensor. When a
participating spectator grabs the handles on the sculpture the sensors convert
their pulse into beams of light in the sky, visible up to 15 KM away. The life
force of honoured guests at the TELUS-hosted event May 31 launched the beating
matrix of searchlights.
    Janice Price, CEO, Luminato, said, "With the support of TELUS, Pulse
Front communicates the meaning of the festival: the collaboration of
organizations, communities and audiences to explore and celebrate the creative
spirit. We're thrilled that it is being extended and we thank them for their
    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Montreal-based electronic artist that creates
large-scale interactive installations encouraging public participation. His
innovative pieces are both award-winning and commissioned for events
internationally. Pulse Front is his newest piece in a series of works
controlled by heart readings. Toronto is the first place that his work
displays on an urban scale.
    TELUS is providing $5,000 to Zerofootprint to offset the environmental
impacts of Pulse Front. Zerofootprint is a not-for-profit environmental
organization that works to inform and offset the environmental impacts of
consumers and businesses. Funds go towards forestation projects to help
counteract high carbon dioxide emissions.

    About LUMINATO

    Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity takes place from June 1
to 10, 2007 in communities and venues across the city. For further information
on the world's newest International Arts festival, such as event dates,
locations and schedules, visit

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.8 billion of annual revenue and 10.8 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit

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