Nuage Blanc de l’Uruguay (White cloud from Uruguay)

Have your heard about Nuit Blanche? It’s an artistic movement that originated in Paris in the year 2002. Museums, galleries and some private collections open and are free of charge, and the center of the city provides places for art installations, such as music performances, art displays etc.

Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

Through the years this celebration has expanded to other cities worldwide, arriving in the year 2011 to Uruguay, more specifically to a small town called La Floresta, a lovely beach town. This year, La Noche Blanca de La Floresta was invited to to be a part of Nuit Blanche in Paris, as the first Latin American country to be participating at this event.  Wool was chosen as the material to be used, since it represents Uruguay very well, being one of the countries with the best wool in the world.

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Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

The group Urban Knitting Uruguay and UdelaR (University of the Republic, more specifically the areas of Architecture, Industrial Design and Visual Communications) were invited to participate and together they elaborated various projects from which this one was chosen.

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Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

The idea was to build a big white cloud, made of wool, that would mix itself with the beautiful metallic structure of the historic Louis Blanc Metro station, built by Hector Guimard, and declared historic monument.

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From the cloud they hang braids to simulate rain. In the spirit of making this exhibit interactive with the public, pens and cards also hung from the cloud, so that you could write down your feelings and comments about the weather, which is the central subject on which Nuit Blanche focused on this year.

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Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/Nocheblancafarq

As you can imagine a lot of wool went into this project. 100 kilos of wool, some in the form of yarn, some as top, were used in this project. Malabrigo had the honor and pleasure to participate donating some of the wool used.

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The exhibit was a success, as you can see from the pictures. Such a lovely display and people really enjoyed participating writing small notes to share with others. Overall a wonderful experience for all!

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Here is a video that shows the process of creating this wonderful piece of art


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