• Artist: Nathan Whitford
  • Medium: Light Installation
  • Project Type: Special Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Fort York

An illuminated orb responds to the energy and presence of bystanders. Glowing pulses of light and radiating sound offer the cycle of life, reimagined.


38 Dan Leckie Way

  • Address: 38 Dan Leckie
    (under the Gardiner Express Way at Dan Leckie Way and Housey St.)
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors
  • Advisories: Everyone

The Project

Cycles of beginning and ending will meet in “Nucleus.” This illuminated sphere will land under the Gardiner Expressway for Nuit Blanche, animating a space and the lives around it for one night. Visitors and bystanders will activate this artwork through their presence. Get ready for glowing pulses of light and radiating sound: this highly structured form will merge with chaotic life expressions. In many ways, “Nucleus” aims to represent the cycle of life. It will feed on the energy of those who come to see it. And it will need them to come alive in order to survive and exist. The idea of a nucleus as a seed that helps create other life will also be present. Parallels to survival needs and biological crises on our planet may also “come to light.”

The Artist

  • Nathan Whitford, Toronto, Canada

Nathan Whitford is an award-winning artist and lighting designer, as well as co-founder of Urban Visuals. He has designed, developed and installed innovative projects in experiential art and design for clients around the world. Much of his work explores how light, in its many forms, can be used to alter our perceptions and experiences.


  • This project is sponsored by