Nuit Blanche Toronto opens Saturday night. Here's what you can see
Annual all-night art show happens on Saturday night-Sunday morning with more than 75 public installations
Glue, clear tape and 13,000 human hands.
Those are the materials used in Make Your Mark, a sculptural installation opening this Saturday at the Nuit Blanche Toronto art festival.
Don't worry, the human hands were just borrowed over the past year to make thousands of fingerprints.
This Saturday, the shimmering, transparent imprints will dangle from the the low ceiling of a underground tunnel in the Toronto Coach Terminal.
"We all have a fingerprint; we all can be part of something," the installation's creator, Meghan Ross, told CBC Toronto. "Thirteen thousand people are part of this."
This is the 13th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto and features the work of more than 300 local, Canadian and international artists.
Ross likes the idea of the project coming to life in a public space on Nuit Blanche, rather than a private gallery.
"Because the project is made by the people and for the people, it was a really cool idea to be in a public space," she said.
The location is a tunnel that connects the terminal with Toronto's underground PATH system.
"We looked through so many different spaces. I was really interested in a kind of transitory space," Ross said.
This is Ross's first Nuit Blanche installation, but the Toronto-born artist has volunteered at the all-night art festival before.
'Be prepared to walk'
Although she's more of a morning person, Ross likes to enjoy the entire night from start to finish.
'Try and sleep for most of the day before," she advised.
Nuit Blanche attendees often spend much of the night on their feet. "Be prepared to walk," Ross said.
Her tip: wear wool socks.
Footwear is also a big deal for Nuit Blanche organizer Jeanne Holmes, a programming supervisor with the city of Toronto.
She recommends bringing an extra pair of shoes to change into when your feet get sore.
"My trick is that I change my socks partway through the night. That wakes me right up," Holmes said.
There are more than 75 art projects at Nuit Blanche 2018, Holmes said. Many are grouped into neighbourhood clusters.
"The projects in the downtown core are very walkable. There are road closures so we make it easy for pedestrians to get around and you're not fighting traffic," she said.
Nuit Blanche lands in Scarborough
For the first time, Nuit Blanche will include installations in Scarborough.
"It's a really exciting change. We've been privileged to be invited by the community of artists that are out in Scarborough," Holmes said.
One of the major works at Scarborough's Nuit Blanche is Everything I Wanted to Tell You, which is part of the STYLL exhibition.
Windsor text-based artist Hiba Abdallah says she was initially approached by Alyssa Fearon, the curator of Nuit Blanche Scarborough, to do a piece about the local area.
"What I made sure doing this project [was] to really listen and to really take in the kind of stories and narratives that I was receiving," Abdallah told CBC's Here and Now.
"There's a lot of connections to the resiliency but also the diversity and complexity of this community."
When to come
Large crowds are common at Nuit Blanche. Some installations may have long wait times to view.
To avoid them, Holmes recommends coming either early in the night — or early in the morning.
"My perfect time for Nuit Blanches is 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. It's beautiful. The city is really quiet. There aren't very many crowds and people can really see the art," she said.
With files from Here and Now