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One Thousand Speculations

The world’s largest mirror ball

Jun 10-26, 2016
The piece will be “off” during performances of the James Plays (between June 16 to 26).

Photos by Jonathan Castellino.

For the second time Luminato Festival will install Canadian artist Michel de Broin’s One Thousand Speculations, a 7.9 metre in diameter ball made up of 1,000 mirrors — the world’s largest mirror ball. Originally commissioned by Luminato for the 2013 Festival, this time it will not be suspended from a crane over David Pecaut Square but will hang inside the Hearn Generating Station. It is a meeting of superlatives. Turned on, it will transform the space into a futuristic spectacle, letting us dream about what could be. For Michel, the piece renders and recreates the starry sky. We will bring the starry sky inside the Hearn, reminding us that our sense of wonder is endless through inspiration. It will make us see the space of the Hearn in an ever-changing way and highlight detail after detail as the 1,000 rays slowly scan the space in circular motion. 

The best works of art put you into a childish state of delight – anyone who sees One Thousand Speculations will feel like a child again. In 2013 this piece was dedicated to the memory of David Pecaut, one of our festival co-founders, and so we present it again in our 10th anniversary year in a completely different environment that will make you see the piece anew as you see everything that it touches anew.

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The spectacular view of the starry sky has always been a source of delight and wonder. It isn’t hard to imagine that wisdom originated in contemplating the firmament, an experience now impossible in cities because of the considerable obtrusive artificial light that prevents us from observing the stars in the heavens. Initially inspired by a photograph which appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1942, “The Battle of Los Angeles,” showing anti-aircraft searchlights concentrating on Unidentified Flying Objects, the largest mirror ball ever made will be suspended from a construction crane lit by many beams of light. The one thousand mirrors will reflect the light to render and re-create the starry sky for Toronto’s citizens during the Luminato Festival.”
— Michel de Broin