A cluster of 36 streetlights on top of 10 utility poles has been switched on at the corner of Weston Road and Dennis Avenue. ‘Nyctophilia’ (love of night), created by Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, is the first piece of public art in this former industrial neighbourhood. Funding came from the city’s levy on developers in exchange for zoning exemptions.
DANIEL YOUNG (on the left): “There’s a romanticism about coloured lights in the city. And we’re programming this with a sort of personality, so it performs different ways at different times.” CHRISTIAN GIROUX (right): “Given that it’s a working-class neighbourhood now trying to bounce back, we wanted to work with normal, everyday pieces of urban infrastructure. Take something that’s kind of invisible and turn it into something extraordinary.”
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