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A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival

By Vibhu Gairola| Photography by Brittany Carmichael

A little razzle dazzle is crucial to surviving winter in the city, and few things deliver dazzle like the Toronto Light Festival. Running until March 4, the exhibition will adorn the Distillery District with more than 25 light installations from both local and international artists. Here, some of the most mesmerizing pieces on display.

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Gummy Bear Pyramid

By Dicapria This kaleidoscopic pyramid is comprised of a whopping 200,000 gummy bears. The artist created her own mold and produced the bears herself.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Heavy Meta

By the Heavy Meta Collective On especially wintry nights, visitors would be wise to stay close to this 19-foot-tall, Mad Max–esque metal dragon, which spews fire from both its tail and mouth.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Perspective

By Studio Rosenblatt The exhibition showcases a few pieces by festival director Matthew Rosenblatt, whose focus as curator was to choose pieces that visitors could interact with.

 

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A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Reaching Through

By Jessica Levine The twisted steel mimics coral; the columns are supported by springs that allow them to sway gently in the wind.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Guardians of Time

By Manfred Kielnhofer These Dementor-like creatures are tucked in alleyways and nooks all over the Distillery District. They’re somehow both eerie and comforting at the same time.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Entwined

By Charles Gadeken These tree/street-lamp hybrids are meant to blur the boundary between the organic and manmade.

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A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
IT

By Michael Christian, lasers by PDIFX The District’s permanent spider sculpture along Gristmill Lane will be dressed up in lasers for the duration of the 45-day festival.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
The Glowdecahedron

By Martin Taylor This neon polyhedron is suspended above the hot chocolate vendor in the square with the food stalls.

 

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A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Solar Sail

By Davis McCarty At the end of Tank House Lane, light pulsates gently from within this sculpture, a glowing shape reminiscent of Minesweeper.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Photo by Brittany Carmichael
The Electric Dandelions

By Abram Santa Cruz Three 27-foot-tall neon dandelions have sprung up at the base of Trinity Street, displaying a psychedelic LED light rhythm.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Symbolic Peace

By Studio Rosenblatt Another piece from festival director Rosenblatt is an optimistic riff on peace, a common value between cultures and religions.

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A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Talking Heads

By Victor Vicsek Two larger-than-life talking heads face each other along Tank House Lane. Don’t be alarmed if they seem to pick up on your movements.

 

A laser spider, a pyramid made from 200,000 gummy bears and all the other gorgeous glowing attractions at the Toronto Light Festival
Moonburn

By Stichting Barstow A giant watercolour swirl of a moon sits serenely at the heart of the neighbourhood.

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