It was still light out when I got downtown, and this was the first thing I saw. It seems that during Nuit Blanche, all the rules about playing with fire go out the window.
The Arts Project was hosting "Visual Fringe" featuring the works of 25 local and area visual artists. Above left is "Compartmentalize" by Cora Linden, and on the right is a metal sculpture by Jerry Vrabec.
Museum London, which is the largest public art gallery here in London, always has events scheduled during the evening including art-making sessions, films and music. I preferred to stick to the street and discovered a new gallery space on Dundas Street called DNA artspace, where an installation created especially for Nuit Blanche by Canadian sculptor John McEwen was on view.
McEwen's installation was part of an exhibit titled "Beauty Beneath the Bone" which is part sculpture and part video. McEwen is best known for his sculptures that depict Canadian wildlife, and the bear in the photo above is constructed of laser cut metal stars and other celestial shapes. The bear could be seen from the street through the open doorway of the gallery and its glowing blue presence drew people in for a closer look. McEwen's show continues at the DNA artspace until August 13th.
A new addition to Nuit Blanche this year was the Retro Electro Sideshow, the creation of Uber Cool Stuff in partnership with UnLondon and various other creative folks in town. Billed as "a crazy collection of contraptions and contrivances constructed to engage, amaze, and amuse the milling masses", this sideshow took over the block on Dundas between Talbot and Ridout and delighted viewers with a mix of interactive old-school video games, robots and a carnival style sideshow.
Ringmaster and creator of Retro Electro Slideshow, Chris McInnis, owner of Uber Cool Stuff
The Time Cops roamed the streets questioning people as to the whereabouts of Space-Times' most wanted man, whose name I can't remember...
You could play ball with a robot...
Play a wall-projected game of Pong
Mingle with some shady-looking characters
Live out your Princess Leia fantasy
Get your fortune told by a disembodied skull.....
When I asked the skull if my blog would bring me fame and fortune, she (as it was apparently female) said that it already had, as she even knew about it, and she was from another dimension. I then asked about the "fortune" part, but she didn't have any answers for that one.
There was some very cool fire play performed by (left) a sassy redhead whose name I didn't get, and (right) Chris Campbell (aka FenyxFyre).
Campbell got up close and personal with a couple of members of the audience
The Retro Electro Sideshow was a welcome addition to Nuit Blanche and I was impressed by the creativity and hard work that went into creating something that was enjoyed by all ages. I can't wait to see what Mr. McInnis has up his sleeve for next year.