CANAL CONVERGENCE: NOVEMBER 5–14, 2021
Scottsdale Public Art is pleased to announce that Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light, our free, 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 each evening from Friday, November 5, through Sunday, November 14, 2021.
At the Scottsdale Waterfront along the pedestrian pathways, bridges, and in and above the Arizona Canal, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
Fri., Nov. 5 – Sat., Nov. 6, 6–10 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 7 – Thurs., Nov. 11, 6–9 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 12 – Sat., Nov. 13, 6–10 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 14 (closing night), 6–9 p.m.
FEATURED THEME AND ARTWORKS
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.
Canal Convergence 2020 saw a departure from our traditional event format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than showcasing all the artworks along the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront—as we have in years past—we instead placed artworks at multiple locations throughout Scottsdale to increase social distancing-friendly viewing options. We also had a variety of augmented reality experiences and artworks along with digital workshops and performances.
As we move forward into 2021 and pandemic restrictions begin to ease, we are feeling more confident that we will be able to return to the traditional Canal Convergence event format. So, for 2021, in addition to restoring the artwork locations to the waterfront, Canal Convergence will also be going back to in-person programming. We are currently planning to include live music, in-person workshops and artist talks, food and beverages, and more!*
*Scottsdale Public Art is continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. As new information becomes available, we will work with our artists and adjust plans accordingly to present another year of engaging art experiences safely to the public.
Canal Convergence and CODAsummit
Another new component to the Canal Convergence experience that will coincide with our event dates is the annual CODAsummit: The Intersection of Art, Technology and Place. We are honored to be hosting this premier public art conference, which will bring visitors to Scottsdale from across the globe, many of whom will be experiencing Canal Convergence for the first time.
CODAsummit is a three-day conference for all individuals and companies that are involved in creating large-scale, commissioned art to consider how technology-infused art installations can change the way environments are experienced. Produced by CODAworx, this year’s CODAsummit will be hosted by Scottsdale Public Art November 10–12 at the Scottsdale Arts campus and other locations in Old Town Scottsdale.