Like every Nuit Blanche, 2011 had some amazing installations that just couldn’t be ignored. This year, my heart was stolen by a few specific installations, but they got me thinking about previous years as well, and all the amazing other installations I have seen over the years.
My 2011 favorite by far goes to The Heart Machine, the interactive fire sculpture located on a parking lot on Bay Street. All I have to say about this one, is holy shit. If you can’t grasp the awesomeness of this solely by the name a description (interactive!! fire!!!) there here goes. The sculpture was a series of tubes from the ground, all representing different parts of the human heart. By touching different pads, and working as a team, people could get the machine to put out giant fireballs in certain patterns. It was absolutely breathtaking (alright, maybe I like fire a bit too much, but it really was cool!) and bonus: it also warmed the freezing cold crowd.
Other 2011 gems of note: Through the Gorilla Glass (interactive sculpture and light installation), The Free Shop, where the artist gave away his belongings if you could convince him you were of need (I was too cold to wait in line for this one!, and Intensity, which even I was fooled into thinking was a condo tent until I read the official Nuit Blanche description.
Other years have given other spectacular displays that I won’t forget, and that I was lucky enough to have a camera present for, to help me remember.