Ontario Place announced earlier this month that the park’s annual outdoor art exhibit will be returning once again; this time to the waterfront’s Trillium Park. “We are excited to welcome visitors to experience the beauty and vibrance of Lumière: The Art of Light,” said Janet Gates, general manager and CEO of Ontario Place. “As the park transitions from winter to spring, it’s the perfect location for this outdoor public art exhibition where we’re thrilled to provide a forum to showcase and celebrate the work of Ontario artists.”
After an overwhelming response to Ontario Place’s call for submissions,16 projects from artists across the province were selected. Intersecting art and technology, the works are illuminating the park under a curatorial theme of “renewal”, celebrating the changing of the seasons. This year’s showcase brings a wide range of subjects and storytelling techniques to Lumière, from a fungi meditation circle to ping-pong pop art. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.
This pixel-like art piece is incomplete without the participation of the viewer. As you face and stand in front of the camera located at the top of the ping-pong wall, the sculpture acts as a mirror by reflecting the individual into the art piece itself. Once in position, an illuminated version of the viewer is projected onto the ping-pong wall.
Formed in the shape of a fire pit, this light art uses real-time data to track the changes of the sun and moon as they cycle through their pathways in the sky. It interacts with the environment by representing these changes with vibrancy, colour, shape and shadow.
Lumière: The Art of Light will run now through May 7th and for seven nights a week. On Friday and Saturday evenings, visitors can expect a bonfire hosted on the grounds from dusk to 11 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to all ages.
Reach more about what’s happening in the Toronto arts community here.