From sundown on Saturday, February 25 until sundown on Sunday, February 26, the illumiNITE light sculpture competition will be taking place in the Alley of Light, behind the Sobey’s on 104 St. and Jasper Ave. in downtown Edmonton. The event is free of charge and open to the public.


Thirteen teams of local artists will showcase their sculptures and structures, which are interpretations of the concept of light. As darkness sets over the alley, the whole landscape will be lit up with the light emanating from the sculptures, creating a unique visual experience for the audience. A panel of judges will select first, second and third prize winners from among the entrants.


Headlining the event will be a large projected interactive art display created in real time by staff and students from GURU Digital Arts College. The piece will be shone on a wall in the alley, and will be created by various artists as the audience watches.


IllumiNITE is being organized by the Edmonton on the Edge committee, which arose out of the University of Alberta's Festival of Ideas and its panel discussion on Architecture, Design and Happiness. The goal of the committee is to focus local discussion around the question “what makes a great city?”