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Giroux, Christian / Young, Daniel

Artwork image for Nyctophilia


Nyctophilia creates a public space on a neglected city corner, using part of the language of our basic infrastructure: street lamps. Speaking to Toronto’s chaotic landscape of overhead electrical wires and dense concentration of services, this project uses concrete hydro poles and 36 computer controlled, multi-colour LED street lamps to create a cloud of illumination. With over 20 distinct randomized lighting programs, the work assumes a different personality each night, redefining the character of the street corner through colour. The artists named it Nyctophilia, which refers to a love of the night. Composed of a series of hydro poles, the art work resembles a grove of illuminated street lights, evoking the area's industrial heritage and natural environment.

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