Nuit Blanche T.O. amazes & inspires Had a blast wandering the night and checking out the Nuit Blanche Parade exhibits and others with my good pal Lizzie Violet. I’ve included some highlights of the evening below. What turned you on at Nuit Blanche this year? The Queen of the Parade, by Lisa Anita Wegner & Vanessa Lee Wishart. Multi-media artist/performer Lisa Anita Wegner, as the Queen, waves to the crowd from atop a 20-foot high gown. The Queen of the Parade – gown detail. Tortoise, by Michel de Broin. One of a series of assemblage sculptures made from picnic tables outside Campbell House. You could smell the cedar on this pleasantly cool fall evening. Warm cider was served there as well. Music Box, by John Dickson. A kinetic sculpture of musical instruments, creating eerie, otherworldly sounds all based on parts moving against each other. Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles installation at Nathan Phillips Square. Forever Bicycles installation with Toronto City Hall in the background. Ferris Wheel, by Katharine Harvey. Parallax, by Idea Design Collective. A luminous, beehive-like effect – all done with cardboard tubes and light. (X)Static Clown Factory, by Ruth Spitzer & Claire Ironside. An interactive performance installation, where folks were invited to come up and do the clowns’ work. I think peeps got paid in balloons. Woman in the crowd with neon light hula hoop. There is an elephant in the truck, an indie installation by Laurence Vallières. Another impressive piece done with cardboard. Hybrid Globe, by Arthur Wrigglesworth, Mohammad Mehdi Ghiyaei & Mojtaba Samimi. Ad Astra, one of three indie projects by [R]ed[U]ux Lab at the Bata Shoe Museum. RevitaLight – another piece utilizing cardboard – at Bata Shoe Museum. Light_Scape, an interactive light installation at Bata Shoe Museum. On the way to Artscape Wychwood Barns, we encountered this sculpture artist at work on Bloor Street West. He uses only centre of gravity and balance to build these pieces. Yep, that’s a concrete block balancing on top. And set on fire to great effect. An assistant moves a piece on Chess Set, by Blandford Gates, an indie installation at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Chess players Tomas Krnan (L) and Peter Vavrak (R) play blindfolded, giving verbal instructions to their respective assistants to move pieces on the board. And having to remember where every piece is.