The Insider’s Guide to Canal Convergence - Fall 2021

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light will light up the night the sky when it returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront Nov. 5-14, 2021.  This illuminating event features 10 large-scale art installations and one augmented-reality work (via Hoverlay app) by local, national and international artists. Other highlights include live music, in-person workshops, artist talks and presentations underscoring this year’s featured theme, “Art and Technology.” It’s a can’t-miss event that has become a cornerstone of Scottsdale’s thriving arts community. 

 


THIS YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS

“Floom” by Walter Productions
Floom is a series of fire-spouting flower sculptures set in the Arizona Canal between the Marshall Way Bridge and Goldwater Boulevard. Floom will have a set schedule of fire performances set to music each night during Canal Convergence.

“Say What You Will” by MASARY Studios
What would your voice look like if it was transformed into expressions of video? Find out at this interactive exhibit – simply speak into any of the six kiosks along the canal and see your voice become light and video abstractions!

“AeroGels” by Roy Wasson Valle 
This interactive installation invites you to imagine yourself as an artist-in-residence on Mars in the year 2268. Six “beacon stations” open up windows into the artist-in-residence’s experience, including the artist’s journal and an extra-vehicular activity suit that lets you join the story as an explorer on Mars.

“Entwined Meadow” by Charles Gadeken
This grove of illuminating, flower-like clusters forged of metal hold individually programmable light pixels that create sprinkles of color like raindrops, bolts of color and light mimicking thunderstorms, and concentric circles that ripple out as if from a pebble dropped in a pond.

“Mini Nova” by Liquid PXL
Mini Nova is a collection of four giant steel and acrylic sculptures that appear as endlessly exploding stars. The artwork will be set in the Arizona Canal where the four sculptures will erupt with patterns and colors against the dark abyss of the canal water, like exploding stars twinkling in the night sky.    

Click here for details on all 11 of the fabulous artworks being featured at Canal Convergence in 2021!

 


Event Dates and Hours

The Scottsdale Waterfront is open to the pubic 24/7 and some artwork will be on display round the clock so, technically, you can swing by any time to experience some of Canal Convergence. Official event hours are as follows:

  • Friday, Nov. 5: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 6: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 7: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 8: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 11: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 12: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 13: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 14: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 


Admission

Canal Convergence is free, with a nominal fee for some workshops.

 


Event Location

Canal Convergence takes place outdoors, along the north and south side of the Arizona Canal, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard just south of Camelback Road.

 


Where to Park

There are 25 parking garages in Old Town Scottsdale. Most of them free and many are within a few blocks of the event. The closest garages to the event are:

  • Scottsdale Fashion Square Lots & Garages: 7014 E. Camelback Rd.
  • Nordstrom Parking Garage: 7002 E. Via Soleri Dr.
  • Waterfront Underground Parking Garage: 7135 E. Camelback Rd.
  • Southbridge Underground Parking Garage: 71016 E. Stetson Dr.

 


Food & Drink

Available at the event: Food trucks will be available during the event, so you won’t have to leave the premises to eat.

Nearby: There are dozens of outstanding restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale, so you won’t be lacking in choices if you decide to step away from the event for food. Some of our favorites are within easy walking distance of Canal Convergence, including Marcellino Ristorante, Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse, Maple & Ash, The Drunk Munk, Barrio Queen and Olive & Ivy.