Whether seen by day or night, the land’s pigments from across Canada are all unique, and offer the potential for a creative response wherever we live. Our communities have been enriched by the landscape’s soils, rocks, plants and wildlife by inspiring artists. In using the earth to make art, a foundation is laid for inspiration from a local environment in a different way. So much of what we know today is done at an unexperiential level (in sterile laboratories) that it’s literally dehumanizing the way we interact with our environment. This is at the heart of our environmental crisis, and it’s why it’s especially important that we return to knowing colour within the human umwelt—knowing through our senses.
This project tells different stories about the land and its colours from across Canada. Each presents a visual tale inspired by the land of that place, drawing on myth, history and experience. But, most of the colours chosen for Nuit Blanche are invisible in the regular spectrum of daylight and will only be revealed under blacklight until the next morning. Outside, on the sidewalk, similar colours only visiable at night will be provided for guests to participate and draw their own colourful, nighttime stories.
During Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, the walls of Nunu Ethiopian Fusion restaurant will share the stories of local colours from across Canada. By combining these visual stories and the experience of using these colours, we invite everyone to see the land differently and imagine a future for Canada where we once again are open to the wonder of the earth as muse for what we make.