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Hands-On Artwork on Olympic Island Was No Mere “Figment”

FIGMENT—an annual festival of strange, participatory art—made its debut appearance in Toronto.

© Corbin Smith

A mechanical horse-like sculpture, a giant papier mâché elephant head, and a 55-gallon-drum orchestra were just a few of the installations on display at this year’s FIGMENT art festival, which took place on Toronto’s Olympic Island on August 17 and 18.

The annual festival originated in New York in 2007 and has since spread to other cities. This year was the first Toronto edition.

The event prides itself upon being participatory (the organizers have referred to it as “Nuit Blanche in the sun”), and as a result, much of the artwork was hands-on. Attendees got to participate in an imaginary Japanese gameshow, battle one another with bubble-blowing guns, and even collaboratively create a landscape painting out of lipstick kisses.

If you weren’t there (or even if you were), be sure to check out this image gallery full of highlights.