Nocturne lights up the night
October 17, 2011

It was a perfect evening for strolling--and even the moon came out to play. The fourth annual Nocturne on Oct. 15 drew big crowds on Saturday evening, with five different zones to keep art lovers on the move.

Here's some of what we saw:

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TV monitors with lips and eyes illuminate Ondaatje Court in front of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
 
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A line-up--sometimes 200 people deep--was a fixture outside of Happy Wash at Gallery Page and Strange. The car wash-like installation was organized by Shelley Mansel, Lia Rinaldo and Helena Roxy Rae.
 
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 A large-scale projection on Granville Mall by Michael Klöfkorn.
 
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Halifax Circus' fire troupe lit up the night with Fire and Play, beside St. Matthew's United Church. Inside the church was Will Robinson's (BFA 2005) intriguing Young Prayer.
 
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Charley Young's (BFA 2009) Phantom Limb--evoking "disassembled historic Halifax"--drew onlookers to an eerie site beside the Old Burying Ground.
 
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Another shot of PhantomLimb, as seen through the Gothic fence of the Old Burying Ground.
 
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Think Tank: Machine for Everyday Poetry by Ben Gallagher and Zoe Nudell is described in the Nocturne program as "half carnival side-show, half spaceship wreckage, all intrigue."
 
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 You Are ..., a message board atop Citadel Hill by Halifax artist Nathan Patterson (BFA 2010).
 
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Ilan Sandler's Ursa Major's Visit brought people inside Citadel Hill for a rare night-time trip.
 
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Citadel Hill is always atmospheric, especially as the clock ticked toward midnight.