Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2016!
In 2016 three major art installations were presented as part of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg. CLOUD, an interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs by Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, was one of the centrepieces for the night. The same duo of artists brought another installation, The Deep Dark, an eerie vision of illuminated doorways that imply exploration, the unknown, and both psycological and physical relationships with darkness. In addition, Toronto-based artist Max Streicher installed Quadriga, four 7-meter tall vinyl inflated horses!
Situated on the Forks side of the Esplanade Riel, CLOUD is an installation of 6,000 incandescent light bulbs suspended by a metal frame. This interactive installation encourages audience engagement and participation utilizing pull-string light bulbs – allowing them to light up and flicker, like lightening. Additionally, this collaboration between audience and artwork allows for an interactive and experimental experience.
"Simple, bright, and playful, CLOUD functions as an icon of hope and optimism, illustrated by upturned faces, glittering eyes, and a whole that is greater than the sum of its many parts."
-Courtesy the Artists’ website
Cloud breaks barriers – that of language, culture, and geographic distances. Our relationship with weather is consistent around the world, and how we engage with it as a society is also universal.
Venture through the dark in Stephen Juba Park, and let the light guide you!
"The basic principal of The Deep Dark: twelve doorframes stand as gates through which viewers pass. The gates are mono-directional and lined in bright white LED strip lights, framed in so that, as the viewer passes through each gate, they transition quickly from extreme brightness into perfect dark. Human eyes will overcompensate for each state, and the viewer is temporarily night-blinded."
- Courtesy the Artists’ website
Max Streicher is an Albertan artist who’s work extensively explores inflatable technology and kinetic sculpture. Often occupying large indoor and outdoor spaces, Streicher’s sculptures have been exhibited all over the globe. For Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Streicher has will show Quadriga – an inflatable installation depicting 4 charging horses a-top the roof of a Winnipeg building in the downtown area. The Quadriga is traditionally a car or chariot drawn by four horses. Historically, it was raced in the Ancient Olympic Games.
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