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Scene: Ai Weiwei’s Bikes Arrive at Nathan Phillips Square

Ai Weiwei's contribution to Nuit Blanche 2013 has arrived, but some assembly is required.

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square

WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 11:30 a.m.

WHAT: Nuit Blanche 2013 is still a couple weeks away, but this morning assembly work began on what’s expected to be one of the all-night art event’s major installations: Forever Bicycles, a commission from the world-famous Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei. The piece will consist of 3,144 bikes, all interconnected to form a massive, three-dimensional structure. It’s expected to take 15 days to assemble, and will remain on display even after Nuit Blanche ends, until October 27. Another sculpture by Ai, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, is currently on display in the Nathan Phillips Square reflecting pool, and the Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting a big exhibition of his work.


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Is it me or is there less hype for Nuit Blanche with each passing year?

    • Torontopoly

      I don’t think it’s just you. The first time I went back in 2010 I had an absolutely amazing time as the night was well organized and the installation were interesting and of a high caliber. The last two years it’s become more commercial, less organized, and taken over by drunk teenagers (‘get off of my lawn’ statement, I know). It seems that those who appreciate most are people going to the bars who get an extra hour of drinking time (later last call).

      • Welshgrrl

        I agree with you. Last year I went to Nuit Blanche events at the Regent Park Arts Centre that were great, and later to Wychwood Barns (also good), but the downtown core seemed populated mostly by people who cared more about getting shitfaced drunk in public than about the art installations. Shame.

    • dsmithhfx

      It’s had much too much, every year.

  • Paul Kishimoto

    How about both?