Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light, Scottsdale Public Art's annual public art event, is returning to the Scottsdale Waterfront this fall with the featured theme “Art and Technology.”
Large-scale public artworks created by artists from around the world — and locally — will illuminate the Scottsdale Waterfront, along the pedestrian pathways, bridges, and in and above the Arizona Canal, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
Nov. 5–6, 6–10 p.m.
Nov. 7–11, 6–9 p.m.
Nov. 12–13, 6–10 p.m.
Nov. 14 (closing night), 6–9 p.m.
Every year Canal Convergence selects a featured theme to be highlighted alongside our perennial themes of Water + Art + Light, interactivity, and sustainability. This year’s featured theme is “Art and Technology.” The combination of cutting-edge technologies with public art has made possible some of the most exciting and innovative artworks to appear at Canal Convergence. Through this year’s theme, Scottsdale Public Art intends to expand the public’s understanding of technology’s role in artmaking and explore its impact on society.
Among the 2021 artworks will be Say What You Will by MASARY Studios, a Boston-based collective previously featured at Canal Convergence. Say What You Will is an audio-visual installation that invites the public to express themselves with their voices and see their expression realized through light and video projection above the Arizona Canal. See the artwork rendering above.
Canal Convergence will also continue to explore augmented reality technology, including artworks entirely based in AR like Mirage by Los Angeles artist Nancy Baker Cahill. Created specifically for Canal Convergence, Mirage speaks to the event’s sustainability focus with an AR-animated abstract drawing of water droplets, sand granules, and an hourglass that will appear above the Arizona Canal, reflecting the Arizona sun during the day and glowing at night. Like last year’s AR elements, Mirage will be accessed through the Hoverlay app.
More artworks for Canal Convergence 2021 to come.