Last night I showed up late to the opening of the ROM crystal — somewhere around 1:30am. I was amazed to see so many people still milling about, waiting in line, and generally just looking on in amazement at the new building. Robert Ouellette at Reading Toronto has a brief write-up and some pics of the evening’s events (he’s a little disappointed with the spectacle, but not the building).
Before heading up to the ROM, I also checked out Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Front at Harbourfront with Spacing photographer Bouke Salverda. I had seen it on Friday night as I whipped past the installation on the Gardiner, but seeing it up close and interacting with the piece (not to mention watching it grow bigger as I walked eastwardly from the Princes’ Gates of the CNE) was a rather fun experience. It was interesting to see the placement and range of the spotlights seemed purposeful enough that the spotlights didn’t shine directly into the condos just north of Harbourfront. Pulse Front stopped precisely at 1am and directed all its spotlight straight up into the sky. If you’re nearby around this time, its worth seeing how the ramdomized lights suddenly revert to a choreographed finish. It lasted for 30 seconds and reminded me of the World Trade Center memorial from a few years ago (only in appearance).
Again, it was great to see so many people out on the town, especially on the waterfront. Eventually, the waterfront can become a destination unto itself, but for now great programming like Pulse Front is a way to get people down there at all times of the day.
photo by Bouke Salverda