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.
Commissioned by Luminato Festival.