Dancing trees call to you as Old Market Square becomes a glowing forest for Nuit Blanche. Fire Cycle by local artist Jonathan S Green invites you into the woods, where sparks shoot up and join in the dance. The forest is on fire! Flames twist among the trees until the greenery falls and only fire remains. As the blaze slows, the trees come back to life, moving in the new growth and the cycle begins again…
Fire Cycle reflects on the incidence of wildfires in the era of the Anthropocene – a geological timeframe where human activity has started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems.
Want to learn more about wildfires? Visit pimaki.ca to learn from knowledge shared by Anishinaabe Elders and the work of the Indigenous Guardians of Pimachiowin Aki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The temporary inflatables, commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council through Winnipeg’s Public Art Program, will be installed September 24 – October 7 in Old Market Square for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg and in partnership with the Exchange District BIZ for Downtown Culture Days.