International Artwork to Shine at 5th Annual ‘Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light’

Light-Based Art Installations to Thrill Tens of Thousands During
Four-Day Event at Scottsdale Waterfront

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ArtFestival–Visitors from around the country will be in Scottsdale Feb. 23-26 to
experience nine large-scale contemporary public art installations
positioned in the Arizona Canal, along its banks and soaring into the
skies above.


More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the four-day “Canal
Convergence Water + Art + Light” event, presented by Scottsdale Public
Art. This unique immersive public art experience features
internationally acclaimed works from artists in Belgium, Canada, France,
and Mexico as well as nationally recognized artists and performers.

“I am very proud of Canal Convergence’s growth and international
recognition with the featured artists this year,” Scottsdale Public Art
Director Donna Isaac said. “We continue to bring engaging art
installations from light festivals around the world to Scottsdale for
our community and visitors to enjoy.”

The nine installations are singularly distinctive and each elegantly
captures the attention of art lovers and curious passersby alike. The
installations include:

  • Polygonum 2.0 by Belgian artist Tom Dekyvere. Large geometrical
    rhizome construction of rope and reflective triangles lit with
    multi-color LEDs showcases the relationships between the organic and
    artificial structures specific to the landscape of Scottsdale
    Waterfront and the people who inhabit it.
  • Les Luminéoles and Lentille d’eau, presented by Porté par le vent. The
    installations are based on the theme wind and light. Initially made
    for the Fête des Lumières in Lyon, these pieces are now being
    presented around the world in large festivals in Jerusalem, Moscow,
    Mexico, London and Singapore.
  • The iconic HYBYCOZO work by artists Yelena Filipchuk and Serge
    Beaulieu. With backgrounds in Google and YouTube the artists are
    converting their knowledge of technology and music into art.
  • Yun Quin Lee’s exhibit, Moonflower. Flower sculptures are constructed
    with plastic netting covered in glow-in-the-dark paint, then lit up
    from the inside by its own solar-powered LED light. Thanks to a recent
    collaboration between Canal Convergence and I Light Marina Bay in
    Singapore, these sculptures will make their debut at this year’s event.

Scottsdale Public Art continues to build the audience experience and
this year offers an educational Conversation with the Artist lecture
series to its visitors. This offering will continue throughout the
event, inviting attendees to learn more about the individual artists of
Canal Convergence in an intimate setting at a local rooftop lounge.

Scottsdale Public Art will kick off Canal Convergence with an exclusive
VIP Preview Party from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Casablanca
Roof Top Lounge. Party-goers will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
while mingling with the artists who have traveled from around the world
to attend this special evening. The Canal Convergence installations will
be visible from the Casablanca Roof Top Lounge, offering guests the
unique opportunity to view the artwork while discussing them with the
artists.

VIP preview tickets are $125 each and can be purchased at the Scottsdale
Center for the Performing Arts Box Office in person, via telephone at
(480) 499-TKTS (8587), or online.

With the support of presenting sponsors including the Salt River Project
(SRP), the City of Scottsdale, and Billie Jo and Judd Herberger,
Scottsdale Public Art once again brings together local, national and
international artists to create a one-of-a-kind, immersive art event.

For more information on Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light, visit www.ScottsdalePublicArt.org

SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC ART

The mission of Scottsdale Public Art is to make Scottsdale one of the
most desirable communities in the country in which to live, work and
visit by incorporating art and design projects throughout. In 1985, the
City of Scottsdale established Scottsdale Public Art with the goal to
enhance the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Since then
more than 70 permanent and temporary public artworks have been
commissioned throughout the community. Scottsdale’s program and projects
have won local, regional and national awards.

Contacts

Scottsdale Public Art
Jennifer Gill, 480-874-4650
JenniferG@ScottsdaleArts.org