Nuit Blanches Zone C honours the all-night factor by focusing on everything revealed to us in dreams or altered states. This is obviously the stoner zone.
LOCUST, by Noboru Tsubaki and Hishashi Muroi, at Lamport Stadium, 1151 King West
At a mind-boggling 34 metres long, this giant insect has the sleek, hyper-real presence of something added to the landscape by a team of animators. It can't possibly be there, and yet there it is. It also carries a sinister whiff of man-made ecological disaster. Like his giant teddy bear fed on a steady diet of depleted uranium, Locust is a friendly corporate mascot that has somehow mutated into something ominous. Cower beneath it in fear and awe.
ABOMASUM, by Rachel E. McRae, at Trinity Bellwoods Park gates, 790 Queen West
Who hasn't dreamt of traipsing through the woods in the middle of the night and finding a giant edible chocolate stag? McRae's sculptural confection borrows from that deepest region of our collective unconscious, the fairy tale, cross-pollinating it with some old-fashioned yummy participaction. The stag will be unveiled at 2 am, admired and then eaten. Gestures of absurdist glee and goodwill are always genuine crowd pleasers. Let's hope people play nice and don't elbow their way in.
SECRET OF THE SYNCOPE II, by Walter Willems, at CAMH, 1001 Queen West
The Dutch creator of the drum kit made of cheese brings us the road made of carpeting. The springy faux asphalt is designed to take you by surprise. Should be more fun than that grass road on the car commercial. It's rumoured that you'll be able to take a piece of carpeting home at the end of the night.
BLOOR NIGHTLIGHT, by Dyan Marie Projects,
Bloor between Lansdowne and Margueretta Marie (Vinepeople) and more than 30 others celebrate her ongoing efforts to build community through art in Bloor-Lansdowne. Lampposts become sculpture platforms, Joe Fleming projects videos in a house of ice, JP King and Stephen Marie-Rhodes hang the street with "clouds," a strip club gets transformed inside and out with performances and projections, and art bikes parade.
CITY GLOW, by Chiho Aoshima, in Massey Harris Park, 945 King West
This whimsical, world-renowned, anime-inspired film of anthropomorphized urban life makes its Canadian premiere at Nuit Blanche. A 7-minute narrative moves fantastically from city centre to city edge to enchanted forest. The potential upshot: training eyes to see our own prosaic city a little more magically, too.
INCURSION 43:38:36.19N/ 79:25:19.89W¼, by Craig Walsh, at the Great Hall storefront window, 1087 Queen West
In another Canadian premiere, Walsh, who's installed site-specific public video in Japan, England and his native Australia, flips scale and space on Queen West to eerie effect. A storefront window becomes a prehistoric aquarium, mirroring the silent, ancient, otherworldly lake that defines the edge of our city and landlubber awareness.
More Zone C tips
THE GATEWAY, Queen west of Dufferin Neighbourhood project with Parkour urban acrobats, a dance/knitting event, storefront installations.
STARRY NIGHT, by Stephanie Avery, Stanley Park, 845 King West Stars get restored to the urban sky.
LIFE ™©, by beatzMASSIVE, tennis courts, Trinity Bellwoods Park Journey through the Hypnagogic/Hypnopompic womb room, Waking/Insomnia/Synthetic room and the Dreaming/Organic room.