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igNIGHT illuminates downtown Fort McMurray

(Fort McMurray, AB – September 30, 2019) – Wood Buffalo’s light-based public art exhibition opened on September 27 and is illuminating downtown Fort McMurray until October 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

More than 60 people took the bus tour on opening night and witnessed the amazing live local performers. 

igNIGHT showcases five installations created by local, provincial, and national artists that explore this year’s theme: GINORMOUS. 

The general public is invited to register for a free, guided bus tour, hosted by the public art committee. On closing night, October 6, register for the performing arts tour bus and see the artworks come alive with featured performances by local artists!

Sign up for the free tour of your choice at rmwb.ca/igNIGHT

igNIGHT Artworks and Where to Find Them…


Intrude by Parer Studio

Place of Residence: Tasmania 

Rabbits, in principle artist Amanda Parer’s native Australia, are an out of control pest, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication. They have caused a great imbalance to the country’s endemic species. 

The rabbit is also an animal of contradiction. They represent the fairy-tale animals of our childhood, of furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields. Intrude deliberately evokes this cutesy image, and strong visual humour to lure you into the artwork only to reveal the more serious environmental messages in the work. 

The bunnies of Intrude are huge, the size referencing “the elephant in the room”, the problem, like our environmental impact, big, but too easily ignored.


A Journey of the Origami Boats by Kritsana Naowahkun

Place of Residence: Fort McMurray, AB

An origin story that can be shared by all Canadians, Naowahkun highlights the unique individual journey each person has taken to bring them to this land. By immigration or the by use of traditional trade routes, A Journey of the Origami Boats pays recognition to the ginormous feats people have conquered in the quest of finding a place of home and belonging. 


Spiders & Spirits by Boreal Artist Collective

Place of Residence: Fort McMurray, AB

We all have fears, and in the dark, these fears can grow into thoughts that are overwhelming and much bigger than reality. They can be GINORMOUS! 

This installation pokes fun at how we all can let our fears take on a life that is ginormous in comparison to reality. Take the common spider whose size is so small in comparison to humans, yet our fear of these tiny creatures can be ginormous. We have all sat around in the dark telling ghost stories with friends and have had our imaginations go wild with what spirits can do. This is also true for popular trickster spirits of the Treaty 8 Territory. The Boreal Artist Collective will take visitors on a journey where you will come face to face with your fears.


Transcendence Engine 2019-a by Blaine Campbell

Place of Residence: St. Albert, AB

blainecampbell.com, @bblaineccampbell

Transcendence Engine 2019-a presents a larger-than-life kaleidoscope, a passage reflecting the viewer and elements of the surrounding environment in a gigantic, immersive, transcendent display. Ten duplicated and mirrored reflections dance at the end of the passage. Travelling through it, the kaleidoscopic image shifts as one’s vantage point changes, other viewers pass in and out of the reflections, and as lights modulate through specular patterns. Meanwhile the exterior also acts as a source of spectacle, reflecting the sky and the passage’s surrounding environment.


Golden Pig by Yong Fei Guan

Place of Residence: Edmonton, AB

yongfeiguan.com, @yongfei.guan

Plastic waste has dramatic global and local environmental impacts. These impacts have been exacerbated by China’s new rules on recycling, which came into effect in Jan 1, 2018. Playful and environmentally friendly, 金猪 Golden Pig will brighten the dialogue regarding resources and waste. It will encourage imaginative approaches to prosperity and balance in our province. 


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