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Cranes to dance across Edmonton skyline for Nuit Blanche

“I was walking down the street one day listening to my iPod and the music synched up with these cranes above me and it struck me as a really beautiful, sublime experience.”

Artist Brandon Vickerd stands underneath two of the four construction cranes that will be used during his Dance of Cranes installation at Nuit Blanche on Saturday.

Ryan Tumilty / Metro Edmonton

Artist Brandon Vickerd stands underneath two of the four construction cranes that will be used during his Dance of Cranes installation at Nuit Blanche on Saturday.

Next weekend’s Nuit Blanche festival will take over downtown streets with art, but one performer is planning to take over the city’s skyline as well.

Brandon Vickerd plans to use four cranes in the Ice District as his tools for a performance called Dance of the Cranes that will be part of the overnight festival.

Vickerd, who has done similar performances in Toronto and Washington D.C., said the idea came to him out of the blue. 

“I was walking down the street one day listening to my iPod and the music synched up with these cranes above me and it struck me as a really beautiful, sublime experience.”

Crane operators from PCL construction will turn the performance into reality. Vickerd said there are always a few laughs at first, but the operators come around.

 “It’s celebrating the work they do every day and turning them into rock stars,” he said.

The roof of the city centre mall parkade will be the best spot to view the performance, which Vickerd said is going to build over the hour.  

“We don’t want to just start the Dance of Cranes with them doing their best moves, we want to slowly build up to it.”

Crane operator Kevin Bell said he’s excited to be part of the spectacle. 

“It’s fun. It’s something different I have never done something like this before,” he said.

Bell said he expects the moving cranes to create a great art piece and he’s happy to have a front row spot.

“It’s the best seat in the house you can’t get any better than that.”

Look up

Dance of the Cranes will begin at 11 p.m. and can be viewed from anywhere the cranes are visible, but a sound system will be set up atop of the City Centre parkade at 103 Avenue and 103 Street.

Nuit Blanche runs from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday and features art installations throughout Churchill Square and into the Quarters.

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