Sunday, 1 October 2017

Nuit Blanche 2017: Stranger Things "Red Forest" Installation

Last night Toronto had its all night modern art celebration, Nuit Blanche. As part of the event, Netflix set up a Stranger Things interactive installation of the upside down called Red Forest. My husband and I showed up about an hour into the program only to find a huge line - that got longer as we stood in it. We thought it might take 1-1 1/2 hours to get to the front, but we ended up in line for over 2 hours.

Towards the front we started seeing people wearing haz mat suits - which they then handed out to us (we got to keep them). This is when the exhibit got my heart pounding. Trying to stand and put this thing on was funny, but being in costume made it feel more sinister and real. This increased the closer we got to the exhibit proper.

Finally it was our turn! The exhibit was built in an underpass bridge between two buildings. There were three paths, one lit up blue in the middle with reds ones to either side. Hidden in the trees were bicycles, maple sap buckets and other oddities. Around the bases of the trees were a number of eggo waffles. 

Here's a short video I took walking around. All in all it was a really cool installation. Not sure I'd have stood in line knowing how long it would finally take, but it was a lot of fun once we were there. I'll upload some photos of the other exhibits we saw later this week.

Nuit Blanche 2017: Red Forest from Jessica Strider on Vimeo.

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