Monday, September 23, 2013

Nuit Blanche 2013 - Forever Bicycles

#Toronto Scotiabank nuit blanche is starting to take shape already with the assembly of Ai Weiwei’s massive bicycle installation at City Hall. The bikes have arrived from China and have already started to be put together in Nathan Phillips Square. The official debut of the piece will be Saturday, October 5 with nuit blanche taking place from 6:51pm to sunrise. City of Toronto info can be found at the bottom of this post.

“World-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will exhibit a new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square. 3,144 interconnected bicycles will form a three-dimensional structure creating an incredible visual effect. Yong Jiu, literally translated as "forever", is the foremost bicycle brand in China; Ai re-interprets such everyday found objects in an abstract and symbolic way. The sheer quantity of bikes and the diverse perceptions of viewing points create a colossal labyrinth-like, visually moving space, which represents the changing social environment in China and around the globe.”

Ai Weiwei's zodiac installation is now being removed from the pond.

Ai Weiwei's 'According to What?' continues at the AGO until October 27

See more of the bike installation being built after the jump.

Crates full of bikes still wait to be added to the mix

Here is the information from the City of Toronto regarding the all night art event

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 – planning ahead, getting there and getting around

From sunset at 6:51 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 to sunrise at 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 6, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche – Toronto's all-night celebration of contemporary art – once again returns to the city's streets.

Complete information on getting to, around and home from the event can be found at

People can plan ahead using the My Night itinerary planner to create their own list of must- see projects, take it with them and share it with others on their mobile devices. You can register and find out more information about My Night at

Event guide and map
In advance of the event, guides are available on the ground floor of Toronto City Hall, beside the security desk, at 100 Queen St. W, as well as at other venues such as the Art Gallery of Ontario (416-979-6660), the Bata Shoe Museum (416-979-7799), Gardiner Museum (416-586-8080), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (416-395-0067), OCAD University (416-977-6000), and 401 Richmond St. (416-595-5900). Please call ahead to confirm availability.

During the event, the public can pick up a guide at any of the Scotiabank information centres: David Pecaut Square (King Street West between Simcoe Street and John Street), Yonge-Dundas Square (Yonge Street at Dundas Street East) and Nathan Phillips Square (Queen Street West at Bay Street).

Navigating the night
On the night of the event, participants can use the optimized mobile website to help navigate – utilizing GPS to get around – and to find information and projects, at or on mobile devices. More information about the optimized mobile website can be found at Event updates will also be available on Twitter at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO throughout the night.

Public transit
Participants are encouraged to take advantage of all-night TTC service on part of the subway system, extended GO Transit service and the car free zones. Park the car and to explore the event by foot and on public transit.

Special TTC services:
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC is expanding its all-night service to a portion of the subway through to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 6. The Bloor-Danforth subway will run all night from Keele to Woodbine stations and the Yonge-University-Spadina subway will run all night from St. Clair West to Eglinton stations. The TTC subway system will be closed between 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 6. Free all-night parking is available at select TTC Commuter parking lots. More information is available at

Special event souvenir TTC day pass:
The TTC is offering a Scotiabank Nuit Blanche special event souvenir TTC day pass, which is on sale now at TTC collector booths for $10.75. It allows a single customer or a family/group of customers (up to 6 people, maximum 2 adults and 4 children/youths, 19 years of age or under) to pay one low price for unlimited travel on all regular TTC service. It is valid for travel from the start of service Saturday, October 5 until 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 6. More details:

Special GO Transit services:
To accommodate the late-night festivities, GO is running extra late-night trains to and from Union Station. Two extra homebound trains will run along the Lakeshore GO lines in the early hours of October 6. The Milton, Kitchener, Barrie, Stouffville and Richmond Hill GO lines will each have a special train traveling into Toronto onOctober 5, returning homebound in the early hours of October 6. You can take GO buses home after 2 a.m. on most routes from the Union Station Bus Terminal. For those staying all night, regular scheduled Lakeshore train trips out of Union Station resume Sunday morning at 6:43 a.m. westbound to Aldershot and at 7:13 a.m. eastbound to Oshawa. Schedules are available at

With a GO group pass, up to three youths ride free for the price of the two paying adults. The group pass allows up to five people (maximum two adults and three youths under the age of 18) unlimited travel in one day between two fare zones. For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the GO group and day passes purchased on Saturday, October 5 are valid for the extra homebound train trips on Sunday, October 6.

Toronto Parking Authority
The Toronto Parking Authority provides safe, conveniently located and competitively priced off-street and on-street public parking. Green P parking will get you closer to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche activities. You can find your preferred spot with Green P's parking app at

Road closures
Road closures will be in effect due to expected attendance, art installations and efforts to promote a green, pedestrian-friendly event. Portions of King Street West, Bay Street, Queen Street West, and new this year – University Avenue and Queen's Park Crescent East – will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, October 
4, Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.

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