Nuit Blanche 2013: Extended Projects
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Nuit Blanche 2013: Extended Projects

If you missed these exhibits during Nuit Blanche this past weekend, you still have a chance: here are a few art installations that are up for a while longer.

Nuit Blanche is full of good stuff to see, which is great if you’re like Aaron Paul and you’ve got a need for speed. Others, though, prefer to take their time, especially with work from some of the bigger-name artists participating in this year’s event, like Ai Weiwei. Luckily, there are a few extended projects that will be on display for at least a few more days, in case you didn’t get to them over the weekend. Here are a few of them.


Forever Bicycles — Ai Weiwei
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West)

Ai Weiwei doesn’t need much introduction, because his work has been seen at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, the AGO (where his exhibit runs until the end of the month), and Nathan Phillips Square, all within the last several months. His Nuit Blanche installation transforms 3,144 Chinese-made bicycles into a large-scale sculpture. It will be available for exploring 24/7 until October 27, for anyone wanting a better look.

Highlights: It’s Ai Weiwei, for free.
Warning: You may never look at your bike the same way again.

(Carly Maga)

Garden Tower in Toronto — Tadashi Kawamata
Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen Street East)

Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata has created a Tower of Babel–like structure out of chairs, benches, and other objects that are generally used for sitting, rather than ascending to the heavens. The juxtaposition with the Metropolitan United Church adds an interesting visual dimension as well, which you can see for yourself 24 hours a day until October 14.

Highlights: A dining room chair may never be this impressive again.
Warning: Don’t touch anything.

(Carly Maga)

Tanks — Cal Lane
David Pecaut Square (King and John streets)

Another juxtaposition: lace on metal. Cal Lane cut lace patterns into old oil drums by hand, fusing delicate ornamentation with industrial materials. They’re big, they’re beautiful, and you can see them Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until October 14.

Highlights: It’s the kind of sculpture that could, and should, be made permanent.
Warning: If you visit on a frustrated lunch hour, you may be tempted to roll the drums down the street and flatten everyone in your path.

(Hamutal Dotan)

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