Wallace Avenue Footbridge as art

On October 2, 2010, as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the Wallace Avenue Footbridge in West Toronto will be transformed into a huge, shimmering chandelier.

For one night only, electric trains are coming to the Junction Triangle to celebrate the neighbourhood’s rebellious spirit.

For details, visit railoflight.ca and scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

The depiction of quiet, clean, efficient
electric rail might be disturbing to some.

Where Wallace Avenue meets
the West Toronto Railpath
A free all-night contemporary art event
October 2, 2010 | 6:57 p.m. to sunrise

Presented by artists Richard Mongiat and Jeff
Winch and the Junction Triangle Rail Committee.

Thanks to Kevin P for bringing this to the blogs attention


The video they showed wasn't that great but I loved how vibrant the bridge and Railpath were, at least in the early evening. The sounds of electric trains on the lighted bridge was decent.

I was more impressed with this than I thought I would be. It was simple, yes, but effective.

Ordinarily I would have no reason to be on that bridge, and I might actually be a bit nervous to be up there that late. But as A.R. notes, the installation got people out and excited about some of their local infrastructure. I struck up a conversation with the volunteer who was stationed up there, and talked to her and various other visitors for almost an hour about the bridge, the neighbourhood, and the logistics of the Metrolinx plan. Anything that gets people in a community talking and seriously considering their neighbourhood is okay in my books.

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