Free public art installations have always been important pillars of Luminato’s programming, and this year is no exception. On display for the duration of the festival, these visual arts encounters are as inventive as they are unavoidable.
1. Communication/Environment examines physical responses to invisible stimuli (such as sound or electromagnetic radiation) in three projects, including Long Wave, a large-scale installation at Brookfield Place (181 Bay St.) by Toronto artist David Rockeby, which deconstructs the image of a sine wave.
2. Don’t be startled by the giant sphere looming over you. This isn’t an episode of The Prisoner, but Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project Toronto, which places, well, an oversized orb around the city to foster creative engagement with public spaces and landmarks.
3. The festival’s affection for the guitar is visually manifested in Shadow Notes, an exhibition at Yonge-Dundas Square that features huge music-related photographs by famed shooters Danny Clinch, Ralph Gibson and Police guitarist Andy Summers.
4. The compelling—some might say unsettling—work of pioneering American new-media artist Tony Oursler finds a temporary home at Grange Park, directly south of the newly renovated Art Gallery of Ontario.