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Interactive Nuit Blanche installation in Lower Bay Station,
overnight, October 2 and 3

Lower Bay Station is the venue for an installation that appears during this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, overnight from about 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 until 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 3.

Interactive landscape, Dune, 2007-2010 by Daan Rossegaarde from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, reacts to the behaviour of the people who view and pass through it. A mix of nature and technology, Dune contains a large number of fibres, which brighten, responding to the sounds and motions of passing visitors.

According to the artist, Dune “investigates nature in a futuristic relation with urban space by means of looking, walking and interacting.” Some writers have described walking through Dune as being an “Alice in Technoland.”

A special version of Dune has traveled from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to transform Lower Bay Station into an interactive landscape of light.

Daan Roosegaarde is the creative director of Studio Roosegaarde, an artistic laboratory for interactive projects, which won the Dutch Design Award 2009. Roosegaarde says his “work explores the dynamic relation between architecture, people and e-culture.” His sculptures “create a situation of ‘tactile high-tech’ where visitor and (public) space become one.” Roosegaarde has exhibited his interactive projects internationally at V2_, The National Art Center Tokyo, the Venice Biennale 2009, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

You can find out more about Rossegaarde’s work and Dune here, here and here.

You can enter Lower Bay Station from the main entrance into the station from either side of Bay Street, just north of Bloor Street West.

The TTC operated trains through the lower level of Bay Station for just six months — from February until September, 1966.

Since then, it has occasionally appeared as the set for films, television series and commercials, but has not seen regular TTC passengers, except during detours around construction elsewhere in the subway system.

You can find out more about Lower Bay Station from the Transit Toronto archives.


  • “Toronto’s Lost Subway Stations” by James Bow here.
  • “The Truth Behind the TTC’s 1966 Interlining Trial” by James Bow here.
  • “A History of Subways on Bloor Street and Queen Street” by James Bow here.