I discovered a few years back, the only way to do Nuit Blanche is by bicycle.
There is so much ground to cover and the cabs and streetcars literally come to a grinding halt.
But what was even more inspiring was the culmination of many minds into singular works of art.
They had several buckets of paint and dozens of brushes on work tables. People would just pick up a brush, walk up to a wall, and start painting.
What was really magical was the way everyone worked in collaboration with the previous contribution. It was like a sci fi movie where the aliens take over our brains and one central brain guides everything together mellifluously to create one beautiful work of art.
The end result was beautiful, raw, and worthy of passing on.
And the street poets came out to play too with words of wisdom instinctually scrawled along side the paintings.
And not to be outdone, the Gladstone Hotel invited people in to work on a collaborate effort inspired by silent film.
Kudos to ScotiaBank for recognizing it's important to fund the arts. And I hope their good intentions are paid forward for years to come.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
With over 30 years experience, Tim McLarty currently works out of Toronto Canada as a writer/voice performer, producer and media strategist producing advertising and entertainment content.