Client: Luminato Festival
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Role: Brad Hindson, Project lead for KPMB Architects
A public event space transformed through hanging illuminated sculptures.
Light Play, an urban art installation for Luminato 2008, Toronto’s annual Festival of Arts and Creativity, played on the concept of a 1950’s dance hall. Light Play transformed the open concrete public platform of Younge-Dundas Square into an interactive, playful and intimate gathering space for the over 1,000,000 people who attended the seven days of free outdoor concerts and dance lessons.
The dance hall concept was brought forward by international set designer Michael Levine and KPMB, one of Canada’s leading architectural practices, furthered this vision by suspending over 200 illuminated PVC balloons over the Square. The balloons were tethered together by an intricate web of nautical rope and fitted with lights that were controlled and programmed to change colour and intensity in response to live on-stage performances and ambient crowd noise.