Art, Light and Water Converge at the Canal

Four-day event is entertainment for all six senses

It’s back — the annual celebration from Scottsdale Public Art that brings interactive, contemporary art installations by local and international artists to the Scottsdale Waterfront for a one-of-a-kind, immersive art event. During Canal Convergence 2017, visitors will experience four days of eight large-scale, contemporary public art installations positioned in the Arizona Canal, along its banks and soaring in the skies above.

Visitors can look forward to artist-guided mural painting, installation-themed workshops, all-level dance workshops, an outdoor dance performance at dusk and, new for 2017, a series of intimate artist talks that will take place at the beginning of each evening at the Scottsdale Waterfront, so when the talk is finished, the audience can step outside and see the artist’s work in person. Live music from local bands will be featured each night at Soleri Plaza, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings will feature a beer and wine garden with beer by Two Brothers Brewing of Scottsdale.

Returning to Canal Convergence will be the critically acclaimed NYC-based dance troupe RIOULT Dance NY, which will give another specially choreographed twilight performance at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza. Do you want to get out there and dance, yourself? French dance collective The 7 Fingers will host a series of free, all-level dance workshops for two days at the Soleri Plaza.

With an expected attendance of over 50,000, Canal Convergence 2017 will take place at the Scottsdale Waterfront between Soleri Bridge and Goldwater Boulevard over four days: Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, with new evening hours from 4 to 10 p.m.

Be Interactive at Canal Convergence 2017

Blumen Lumen by Foldhaus Artist Collective

This is a grouping of seven larger-than-life origami flowers that bloom and glow with multiple colors as people move around them. When they are not activated by movement, the flowers close and bloom intermittently. During Canal Convergence, Foldhaus Artist Collective will offer a workshop where participants will learn how to make their own small-scale, take-home folded geometric flower.

IMPULSE, a collaborative creation of designers Lateral Office, CS Design, EGP and Group Mitchell Akiyama 

Parts of the Scottsdale Waterfront will be transformed into a light-up playground with IMPLUSE: an installation of 15 illuminated seesaws. When IMPULSE is activated by the motion of the seesaw-rider, each seesaw will produce a unique sequence of light and sound. When the seesaws are not in use, they return to a horizontal position with a subtle glow, waiting for the next set of visitors to climb on.

Los Trompos by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena

These 10 brightly colored, interactive “spinning-top” sculptures are made from fabric woven in a traditional style by Mexican artisans and stretched over the structures to seat several people at once. Relocated from their various locations around Scottsdale to join the installations of Canal Convergence 2017, they function as both artwork and rotating seating spaces (à la merry-go-rounds).


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