We started our evening adventure, with Aunt Vicki in tow, at the city-produced exhibitions in Nathan Phillips Square. The three exhibits in the vicinity of City Hall, collectively titled OBLIVION, explored the Sun's death and our human existence. Deep stuff.
PNEUMA was an installation in the reflecting pool, with a film projected onto a fan of water being sprayed up from the pool. The surreal images and audio were transfixing and we found ourselves engrossed from start to finish.
Once inside the rotunda, we were shuffled into Ocean, an immersive experience where the recycled textiles hanging from the ceiling above us were moving around in waves as the sound and pulsing lights surrounded us.
Our next stop was a pub for some drinks, where we stayed a little while, re-hydrating and planning for the night ahead.
We then walked down Bay Street, which was closed to traffic, among hoards of people and stopped at any installations we saw along the way. One of them was The Guardians, large photographs pasted in the windows of a building in the Financial District which paid tribute to the independent stops around the world with unique merchandise.
The second exhibit at the Design Exchange, The Body Behind The Body, was on the 3rd floor and was two screens facing each other panning photographs of humans in poses which were combined to form mosaics. It wasn't our favourite installation but was interesting nonetheless.
We were hoping to head to the harbourfront to see the numerous exhibits down there, but by midnight we were running out of steam so we decided to see one more exhibit that didn't require lining up. That exhibit was Fallen Water - Niagara Escarpment located in Brookfield Place.
Our Nuit Blanche ended after seeing a mere 8 exhibits out of the 91 dotted around the city. Our takeaways were that we were impressed by the crowds, enjoyed the artwork, and can't wait for next year! Here are some more photos of our first Nuit Blanche experience.