Nuit Blanche 2013: Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles A Crowd Favourite at Nuit Blanche 2013

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Nuit Blanche, an all-night contemporary arts festival, has returned to Toronto.

The festival’s crowd favorite was Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei at Nathan Philips Square. It’s taken workers 15 days to put together this interlocking assemblage of 3,144 Chinese-made bicycles. Viewers were able to walk through the structure.

Garden Tower by Tokyo’s Tadashi Kawamata featured hundreds of stacked chairs, benches and pieces of garden furniture ascending to the heavens. Referencing the Tower of Babel myth, the structure channels its beauty and the idea that humanity can speak with one voice to create a better future.

Monster Child by Libby Hague at Queen’s Park Crescent and College Street showcased a four-metre-high inflated child suspended from a tower. Behind her was a spider-like balloon monster “considering vengeance for all the insects mankind has killed.”

This year’s Nuit Blanche was a great success and it seems to be constantly getting better. It’s great to see other cities follow suit including Ottawa and Montreal.

Check out the video above for more highlights from my time at Nuit Blanche 2013.

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