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.
This year, Canal Convergence will be returning to in-person programming at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The 2021 event will include live music, workshops, artist talks, food and beverages, and more! Make sure to download the Hoverlay app so you can participate in the captivating augmented reality experiences.
Scottsdale Public Art is continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help everyone have a safe Canal Convergence experience, we encourage visitors to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and to be kind, patient, and conscious of others.
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.