Check Out Canal Convergence

It’s finally here!  Canal Convergence set up by the Scottsdale Public Arts is definitely something you have to check out. It is located in the Scottsdale Waterfront at Scottsdale and Camelback and runs November 9th-18th.

DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Flotus at Sunset
DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Flotus at Sunset

Never Heard of Canal Convergence?

Canal Convergence is an annual event and is available for 10 days this year. It’s a convergence of water + art + light with large-scale, interactive artworks. There are also food trucks, dance performances and workshops. The combination of public art, light, sound and interactivity is an absolute delight for young people and old with plenty of walking for some exercise!

DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence 2018 Iceberg
DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence 2018 Iceberg

Iceberg – The Sound & Light Tunnel

Walk through this metal tunnel called the Iceberg for a light and sound experience. This is illuminated metallic arches light up and play a sound when people walk under each arch. If you stand in front of one spot for a while the clicks speed up and eventually start sounding like rain. It all comes to a crescendo when it comes crashing down like a wave or maybe even a giant thunderstorm. And then the sounds start all over again.

DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Billie Jo Herberger
DIG Scottsdale Billie Jo Herberger by Floret at Canal Convergence

Floret and the Forever Fabulous Billie Jo

Ran into the always awesome Billlie Jo Herberger and her husband Judd.  As colorful as always she posed in front of Floret.  This is a crazy, blown up flower that has a variety of colors.  When people stand in front of it the flower blossoms and colors change. 

DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Floating Lotus
DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Floating Lotus – or FLOTUS!

 

Each night at 8:30 there is an event called FLOTUS which is where fire shoots into the air from the floating lilies. When the lilies are not on fire they are glowing and changing colors floating in the canal.
Another event is called the loop. This is a big round cylinder that is it illuminated musical installation featuring a retro-futuristic look. You sit inside the cylinder and Rowe. The loop is a cross between a music box and a railway hand car. When you move the lever back and forth two-cylinder starts spinning and lights up a series of still images inspired by 13 different fairy tales. It’s also a great way to get a little cardio in.

DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Artist At Work
DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Artist at Work

Don’t Walk on the Art!

SRP has a 3D chalk drawing on the sidewalk. If you look at it from one view there’s nothing really to see. But if you look at it from the front it looks like an inner tube that’s floating in water.  Definitely check it out and take a picture.  

DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence 3D Sidewalk Chalk
DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence 3D Sidewalk Chalk

When To Go

Rather than picking the perfect time to go, just go any time. It’s available for 10 days and the weather is perfect.  Definitely stick around the fire show and people watching. Plan your visit and DIG Your Life!

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