Photography: Markus Ravik

Toronto’s Luminato Festival has kicked, and among the offerings is a giant bubble artwork that tumbles across a public square.

Evanescent is designed by Sydney’s Atelier Sisu–led by award-winning artists Renzo B Larriviere and Zara Pasfield–and the Instagramable pop-up installation exemplifies the studio’s interactive ‘bubble-tecture’. Its inflatable design straddles the line between architecture and art, acting as a conversation starter and community space.

The 8m tall sculpture has an iridescent skin that shimmers with a rainbow of colours in the light, like bubbles of soap. It invites visitors to walk underneath the orbs, which are illuminated in a vibrant multi-colour display at night.

Evanescent will be at David Pecaut Square and Arnell Plaza from 7 June, through 16 June. It will then move to Brookfield Place and First Canadian Place from 19 June through 30 July.

Luminato Festival is in its 18th year and has an eclectic offering of artworks and events (most of which are free to experience).  Beyond the bubbles, highlights include the Canadian premiere of Haley McGee Olivier’s show, Age Is a Feeling; Geoff Sobelle’s interactive performance Home – which sees Sobell and performers construct a house on stage from scratch – at Bluma Appel Theatre and artist Miles Greenberg’s day-long performance, inspired by first-person fighting video games, Respawn.

The festival runs from 5-16 June 2024, with more detailed information on its programming available at

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