Last night art came to town, and Halifax took to it like a painter to blank canvas. People filled the streets to share in an explosion of creative energy. They experienced art together at Nocturne: Art at Night, a free visual arts event—and truly one of the most fun, inspirational and unique experiences of my life.
I knew we were in for something special at our first stop, atop Citadel Hill. Walking across the drawbridge into the fortress after dark was itself a thrill, and inside, a re-creation of the Ursa Major constellation was suspended overhead. This bear-shaped collection of stars has inspired folklore for generations and the exhibit had adults and children alike lying on the pebbled ground gazing upward. The bear was purposely dipping one leg down below to connect sky to earth. It dawned on me then that Nocturne was not about viewing art as paintings hung in a formal gallery, but about interacting with art. I was hooked.