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Enjoying art at Nuit Blanche


The all-night contemporary art event Nuit Blanche takes place this Saturday
The all-night contemporary art event Nuit Blanche takes place this Saturday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 1, 2011 — There's an exciting new attraction coming to Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday. Still, you'll want to bundle up if you're heading to the event.

Flight Path Toronto is an art installation that will have you 'flying' over the city
Flight Path Toronto is an art installation that will have you 'flying' over the city

It's going to be a sleepless night for some in the city of Toronto, courtesy of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Art Festival.

The event begins at sunset and runs all night. Thousands are expected to descend upon the city to take in the art and culture.

“Nuit Blanche is a fantastic transformation of the city,” says Julian Sleath, Programming Manager with the City of Toronto. “And under the cover of darkness you can see the roads, the alleyways, the buildings, the transit systems being used in a completely different way. It sort of wakens you up again and gives the liberating feel of exploring your city.”

Art installations will be found all over the downtown core, but one of the most anticipated is a project at city hall devised by Usman Haque and Natalie Jeremijenko.

“Flight Path Toronto is a project where we're going to basically give members of the public an opportunity to fly across the square,” explains Haque. “We're creating these towers and some fly-lines, and they're going to be put into our system with some wings and they'll be able to experience the wonder and magic of flight.”

It's going to be a cold night in Toronto
It's going to be a cold night in Toronto

There are limits and guidelines to this piece of art, especially when it comes to people's weight and height. The weather could also affect the display if the winds are too strong.

Still, Haque says Mother Nature shouldn't get in the way.

“When we're designing this kind of project, we have to be aware that the weather could be anything on the night. So we fly whether it's rain or shine. And in fact, if it's raining, the lighting effect from the lasers are going to be even more spectacular. So whatever happens we'll be here, we'll be flying!”

If you're heading to Nuit Blanche in Toronto, keep in mind that temperatures are going to be on the cool side.

“You'll want to bundle up for sure,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “It's going to be cool, and winds will be gusting up to 60 km/h. It looks like the showers have pushed back until Sunday morning, but don't be surprised if there are still a few sprinkles.”

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