Last Friday the kids and I stumbled upon one of the still standing Nuit Blanche art installations, Nuit Blanche is an annual all-nighter contemporary arts festival here in Toronto. One day I will woMAN up and attend it properly like the rest of the cool kids – but while my kids are young, we are sitterless and I’m way too much of a baby to stay out all night, we stick to stumbling upon the amazing installations in the daylight hours. This was Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles, 3144 metal bikes with working spinning wheels, to be exact. It was hard to capture in the mid day sun, the sun bouncing off the metal bikes pretty much created an optical illusion and added to the forever-ness of the bikes – it almost hurt my eyes. The kids loved running through the bikes, spinning the wheels and asking tons of questions – I actually might have had to bribe them with a visit to the apple store to leave. A few weeks ago we stumbled upon Tadashi Kawamata’s Garden Tower in Toronto, (another amazing Nuit Blanche installation) a tower of weary chairs which had the kids laughing. All the awesome art around the city made me think how badly we need to make another visit to the Art Gallery, too easily we let things that are close by go for granted (the art gallery being one of them). So I added it to my, TO DO VERY SOON list and promptly took my kids to the apple store. Because I needed a place to charge my dead phone, the kids love to play with the ipads on display and because it’s just so much fun (sarcasm font) to walk around the busiest store in the universe – from the lovely world of art to real life in 5 seconds flat.
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