Last weekend, Toronto held the 2013 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, celebrating contemporary art in public spaces. The highlight of the event was Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s largest Forever Bicycle installation, featuring 3,144 welded bikes.
Now in its eighth year in Toronto, the “Sleepless Night” festival replicates Paris’ event, which annually brings more than a million visitors to the streets of Paris.
This past summer, Weiwei released his first album, telling Paste, that when he was in a Chinese prison, a guard asked him to sing. “That’s the fist time I heard my voice so clearly,” he said. “I could hear all the mistakes, it was like seeing a child start to walk.”
While a 12-hour event launched the public displays, spectators can walk through the maze of identical bicycles from now until it comes down on October 27.
See more photos of Forever Bicycles and the other festival installations in the photo gallery here courtesy of the city of Toronto.