Big artwork installations and out of doors performances assist thaw Edmonton

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Downtown Spark hopes to thaw Edmonton this spring and bring visitors downtown with a series of events and exhibits scattered across the city center.

“Experience the magic of the city center with physically distant experiences that everyone can safely enjoy,” invites the Explore Edmonton website.

The outdoor celebration of the change of seasons consists of immersive cultural exhibits, expansive outdoor patios, outdoor performances, and huge art installations.

The first Downtown Spark exhibition, now running through April 10, is called “Fantastic Planet” and features six massive “humanoids” illuminated after dark and created by artist Amanda Parer.

“We want these works to inspire awe and wonder by bringing the heart of the city to life in these turbulent and uncertain times and by creating hope and joy in the Edmonton imagination through art,” says Sanjay Shahani , Executive Director of the Director Edmonton Arts Council.

Winter Birds is another art installation running through April 30th that celebrates the special species of birds that make Edmonton their home all year round, featuring three glowing inflatable tits.

Other upcoming events at Downtown Spark include Arts District Animation and Root 107.

Arts District Animation runs April 8th through May 30th and offers unique, family-friendly digital experiences on the facades of three iconic Edmonton buildings. The Art Gallery of Alberta, the Citadel Theater and the Winspear Center showcase these works, created by local artists, on large outdoor LED screens with laser projections and accompanying sound.

Root 107 is only coming to town for a weekend. From April 15th to 18th, soak up the fresh spring air while dining al fresco at local food trucks. After you’ve had your fill, you can shop for handcrafted goods at the brand new Makers Keep or drink local craft beer in the sun.

“It all starts with a single spark,” says the Explore Edmonton website. “Where will it ignite next?”

Downtown Spark

When: Now through May 31st
Time: Varies depending on the event
Where: Across downtown Edmonton
Costs: Many installations can be seen for free, varies depending on the event

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