The biggest star of Calgary's first Nuit Blanche was also the one the burned the brightest.

A giant cloud composed of 6,000-plus lightbulbs was definitely the hit of the night. Aptly named "CLOUD", Caitlind Brown's installation was constructed mostly out of donated light bulbs, given to Brown when she launched a light bulb drive through Calgary last month.

Thousands of people spent time under the illuminated sculpture, pulling at the strings, turning the lights on and off and snapping photos.


This was the inaugural year for Nuit Blanche Calgary - the popular nighttime festival has become a hit in larger cities such as New York, Toronto and Paris. Nuit Blanche artists come to a city space to showcase their interactive art installations, which often encourage audience participation.

According to the Calgary Herald, Nuit Blanche is currently scheduled for the next five years in Calgary.

According the Wikipedia the Nuit Blanche concept started with Jean Blaise, founder of the Research Center for Cultural Development in Nantes, France. Blaise created and promoted a series of smaller, all-night festivals around the world and when Bertrand Delanoe became mayor of Paris in 2001 Nuit Blanche was born. Nuit Blanche is now celebrated in more that 120 cities around the world.

Calgary's Nuit Blanche also featured a carousel powered by Parkour runners, a pair of town criers perched atop a giant moon and a giant mountain, and an exact replica Belfast pub called The Candahar.

Check out photos in our gallery below.

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  • @ciawesome @nuitblancheyyc also this #nuitblancheyyc

  • The cloud @NuitBlancheYYC #nuitblanche

  • The Mountain @NuitBlancheYYC

  • The carousel made of old shopping carts & barriers

  • Close up of the cloud - it's spitting rain so no one is allowed under right now @NuitBlancheYYC

  • What the inside of a cloud looks like

  • The Mountain.

  • Inside the cloud

  • @NuitblancheYYC is pretty darn cool

  • Really happy that #yyc has its own @NuitBlancheYYC . The Cloud is great.

  • So, @nuitblancheyyc is filled with hipsters. And culture. And LIGHT.

  • @NuitBlancheyyc thanks for a fun night! Hopefully next year we'll have more participants. The Cloud

  • Under a bright white cloud. #nuityyc @NuitBlancheYYC

  • At @NuitBlancheYYC ... Not sure what I think yet

  • Feeling the "Arts Vibes" with my culture vulture gal Gwyn @NuitBlancheYYC

  • Love the cloud. @ciawesome @NuitBlancheYYC #yyc

  • @nuitblancheYYC mostly still just an idea, but I like it

  • The CLOUD at Nuit Blanche in downtown #Calgary tonight!

  • ‏@lonnietaylor Calgarians love the Cloud installation at the first annual Nuit Blanche. #sceneyyc

  • ‏@lyinghere Cloud at Nuit Blanche #yyc

  • @welcomethewest Serious, be there tonight #yyc @NuitBlancheYYC Caitlind R.C. Brown's massive Incandescent #CLOUD

  • @obscuralucida Downtown #yyc getting ready for @NuitBlancheYYC (Cloud, Caitlind Brown)