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Piles of chairs, piles of bicycles and piles of plastic bags.  That is the best way to summarize three of the Nuit Blanche installations that remained on display for a week or so after the 5th of October.

First, the pile of chairs

Garden Tower, by Tadashi Kawamata of Hokkaido Japan

in front of Metropolitan United Church

“As if each person who sat on these chairs left a piece of himself, the work evokes the beautiful and utopian spects of the myth of the Babel Tower, a humanity speaking with one voice and engaged, with solidarity, in the building of a better future.”  (from the sign accompanying the installation)

a large pile of chairs sits in front of a church

Garden Tower chairs in front of Metropolitan United Church on Queen Street East.

 

A hollow pile of chairs about thirty feet high.  The photo is taken from inside the pile.  The sky can be seen in the photo.

Looking upward from inside the pile of chairs. There was a pathway that ran through the base of the tower.

 

A squirrel sits on the bottom of a red and white striped chair that is upside down.

new found habitat for one of Toronto’s four legged residents

Then the pile of bicycles: 

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei at Nathan Phillips Square

Part of the curved walls of city hall are in the background and part of a number of bicycles is in the foreground.

bicycles in front of city hall

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A woman wearing a green sweater and a bicycle helmet is standing in the middle of a pile of more than 3000 bicycles.  She also has her own bike with her.

one bike amongst many

Nathan Phillips Square on a grey and foggy morning.  There are a few people in the square who are looking at the large art installation that involves a structure made from more than 3000 bicycles

Nathan Phillips Square on the wet and foggy morning after Nuit Blanche.

Last, the pile of plastic bags:

Plastic Bags by Pascale Marthine Tayou of Cameroon

interior, Bell Trinity Square

The interior of a large office building.  A group of men are standing and talking under a large collection of red, white, green and yellow plastic bags.

The plastic bags hang from the ceiling like a big blob.  Like confetti, or bits of coloured paper, ready to be dropped on the people below.

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Saturday, 5th October

downtown Toronto

This is only a small selection of the art installations and exhibitions that were on display that night.

part of an art installation where there are small bones hanging from the ceiling,  A man's leg is in the background

Bones, leg bones? Part of the ‘Indicator’ installation at Gareth Bate Art Projects, 401 Richmond St.
“Birds, bats, bees. Indicator species tell us when ecosystems are in peril. Bones, sugar, dripping honey – a meditation on catastrophe and connection.” The bones hung from the ceiling and the honey dripped down the walls.
Artists: Karen Abel, Jessica Marion Barr, Gareth Bate

A man looking at a series of small black & white prints in an art gallery

A timeline of the life of Conrad Black in black & white woodcut prints as shown at a gallery at 401 Richmond Street. Artist, George Walker

 

silhouettes of some people, on glowing pink and blue spheres

silhouettes
at Much Music, Queen Street West

 

The CN tower, with pink and blue lights, is in the background.  In the foreground are people taking pictures with their phones.  In the middle ground are a number of pink and blue lit spheres

phones lifted skyward

 

A woman is taking a picture of an art installation that is flat on a table.  Twelve black & white framed prints are on the wall behind her.

Black & white art made using electric currents & little wires that spun in circles.
401 Richmond Street

 

An art installation featuring pictures of bicylces.  Multicoloured.

bkies, bikes, bikes

 

A man is spray painting a piece of street art using aerosol cans of paint

spraying in the spotlight
On Dundas West near Beverley Street

 

Crowds, at night.  Light is provided by fluorescent lights that spell out a short poem.

‘The rose is without why’ by Boris Achour.
This is a short poem written by Johannes Scheffler aka Angelus Silesius, in the 17th century. The words are written with fluorescent lights and is more than 300 feet long. It was bright enough to light up the square.

 

crowds at Nathan Phillips Square on the night of Nuit Blanche.  Some people are standing on the upper level watching the crowds below.

upper level, Nathan Phillips Square

 

crowds and lights at Nathan Phillips Square.  Toronto city hall is lit with purple lights.

Nathan Phillips Square

 

Two of the art installations at Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square
On the left – ‘Forever Bicycles’ sculpture by Ai Weiwei lit in pink and purple. There are 3144 bicycles.
On the right – ‘Crash Cars’ by Alain Declercq consists of two driverless cars.

 

posing

posing
These metallic figures were not part of Nuit Blanche. They are part of a sculpture close to the Court House on University Ave., just north of Queen St. West.

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