Downtown Spark: Fantastic Planet

They're coming... where will they pop-up next?

Look up! Waaaaay up! Massive 'humanoids' are taking over downtown Edmonton!

Fantastic Planet is an illuminated large-scale public art installation coming to the downtown core. Six giant inflatable structures will be installed in a variety of locations including City Hall plaza. Head downtown to take is this incredible display, while safely physically distancing, of course. Check out the full location list below to spot them all:

  • Down There at City Hall Plaza: 24 hours
  • Peeping Corner at Sir Winston Churchill Square at TIX on the Square: noon-10:00pm
  • Poke at Sir Winston Churchill Square: noon-10:00pm
  • Comfort at Abbey Glen Park: noon-10:00pm
  • What’s That at Sir Winston Churchill Square: noon-10:00pm
  • Over at MacEwan University 105 Street Building Rooftop: noon-10:00pm

These enormous illuminated humanoids have been invading the globe recently, having travelled from afar to give audiences the impression that they have just landed and are gently exploring our ‘Fantastic Planet’. Inspiration for this light installation has been taken from the 1973 Czech/French film Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage). This stop-motion science fiction film, directed by René Laloux, depicts a story set in an unimaginably distant future, in a world of gargantuan humanoids and where human beings are a feral race.

“Scale is a very important factor in this work in that the artist is allowing the audience to hopefully experience a moment of humility and reflection amongst these large but peaceful giants, a sense that we as a species rarely get to feel.” – Amanda Parer

Please note, this exhibit is weather permitting. If strong winds occur, the giants may take a rest and pop back up later!

This event is part of Downtown Spark! Be on the lookout as Downtown Edmonton defrosts to reveal immersive cultural exhibits, extended outdoor patios, al fresco performances, giant art installations and so much more.

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