Over the Family Day long weekend (February 17-20), Calgary held its inaugural Glow Festival downtown. For four evenings, you could walk around a course of a few city blocks and enjoy various light sculptures and art pieces. Some of them, like The Door (artist Paul Magnuson) were interactive: you opened up a door that sat in the middle of the sidewalk, to be greeted with a blast of visual and sound effects that changed each time the door was reopened. Some were cute inflatable bunnies (Nibbles, a series by artist Amanda Parer):
And my very favourite was an amazing lighted sculpture made by Jeremy Tsang, called Chopsticks=Chandelier. This stunning piece was made completely of clear chopsticks and chopstick rests and was lit both within (by a rope light) and from without, by flood lights. According to the Glow brochure, “This work explores the Chinese culture and the migrant workers that build the Canadian Pacific Railway, while celebrating the Centennial Year in the winter season through a visually stunning outdoor chandelier sculpture.” Absolutely beautiful, creative work.
Seriously – chopsticks! Fantastic.
I had no idea you could make something so magical out of chopsticks! 🙂
It’s absolutely fantastic!
D > We’re definitely not city lovers, but if we were visiting for some reason Calgary this would be a must! What we lack in our part of the world is exactly this kind of thing. Thanks for sharing Sheryl!
I was delighted to find that the City was holding this festival this year – I do hope it will become an annual event. It can be so dreary here in the wintertime and all these beautiful art pieces are a joy to see.
Wow! That is awesome!
Such fantastic, creative work!
Amazing let me think on China light festival in Antwerp
That looks like such a wonderful event! I found some video of the one done in 2014: http://www.cpantwerpen.be/2016/09/china-light-antwerp/. So beautiful!
That looks like a lot of fun. I love people’s ingenuity.
I agree! So much creativity and talent!
Wonderful photos, Sheryl. 🙂
Thanks so much!
The pieces you’ve shared are wonderful and I’m sure that a walk through the light sculptures is magical!
It was a wonderful evening, and we were fortunate to have good weather, perfect for walking.
What an excellent festival to cheer and inspire people at the end of winter! I will never look at chopsticks in the same way again!
I thought it was such a grand idea as well – I hope they have it every year and feature more artists! I love the fact that most of the art was done by locals; a great way to showcase their work. And I still cannot believe that chandelier is made of chopsticks…so unique!
Beautiful, indeed! And that chopstick piece is Maya blue 😉 Love it!
I knew you’d love that colour! 🙂
My zeal for blue, Maya blue, has spread around the globe via the blogosphere 😉
It was a real treat to see!