Once a weekend-long event in the springtime, Scottsdale Public Art’s Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light is now 10 consecutive days of engaging, interactive experiences along the Scottsdale Waterfront from Nov. 9–18, 2018. This free event features large-scale art installations by local, national and international artists. Prepare for fire (Walter Productions’ Floatus installation with 28 fire shows spread across the event’s 10-day span), ice (a 67-foot-long tunnel called Iceberg, where user-activated lights and sounds tell the story of its namesake) and butterflies (a series of colorful, mechanical creatures called Light Flutter by Australia’s Skunk Control).
Activities during the event include Family Days on Nov. 11 and 18 with hands-on activities like natural dye workshops, screen printing and glow-in-the-dark fun. Artist talks, workshops and other presentations highlight themes of creativity and sustainability. A variety of tours treat visitors to a history of canals in the valley, information about the featured art installations and permanent public artworks throughout Scottsdale (the glowing Night Lights Bike Ride).