The Insider’s Guide to Canal Convergence - Fall 2022

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

 

Canal Convergence will light up the night the sky when it returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront Nov. 4-13, 2022. This year’s anniversary theme is “Celebrating 10 Years of Water + Art + Light” and will present light-based public art and programming that embodies the event’s themes from past and present.

In addition to nearly a dozen large-scale art installations, the event will feature live music, in-person workshops and artist presentations. It’s a can’t-miss event that has become a cornerstone of Scottsdale’s thriving arts community.

 


THIS YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS

“ORB” by Walter Productions
Ten metal spheres – each outfitted with flame effects and an equator of colorful LED lights – will float on the Arizona Canal. By day, ORB glimmers in the sun, and at night, it comes alive with flame effects and light sequences generated by each sphere’s LED equator.

“SunDrops” by Jeff Zischke
A series of five internally lit sculptures (rendering above) will be suspended above the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Each sculpture emulates the shape of a graphic sun, creating powerful light patterns and refractions.

“Canopy” by Pnuehaus and Bike Powered Events
These six illuminated, tree-like sculptures continuously transform in shape and color as you power them through bike-driven generators. Canopy gives you a first-hand experience with green electricity generation and rewards you with large-scale beauty for your efforts!

“The STARQUARIUM” by B!G ART
This one-of-a-kind, intergalactic aquarium delivers flora, fauna and other mysteries from faraway worlds. The “tank” captures the specimens for a short period of time so you can observe these magical mysteries before they disappear.

“Sound the Deep Waters” by Angela Fraleigh and Josh Miller
Want to send a message in flowers? Sound the Deep Waters is a projection-based artwork that invites you to submit secret messages, via text or the interactive kiosk, that are then “translated” into bold, larger-thank life floral compositions associated with your message’s meaning.

“Los Trompos” by Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena
Functioning as artwork and rotating seating spaces in one, Los Trompos act as a gathering place for social interaction and entertainment. Inspired by spinning tops, these unique works feature brightly colored fabric woven in a traditional style of Mexican artisans.

Click here for details on all 11 of the fabulous artworks being featured at Canal Convergence in 2022!

 


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 you can swing by any time to experience some of Canal Convergence. Official event hours are as follows:

  • Friday, Nov. 4: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 6: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 7: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 10: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 11: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 12: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 13: 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:

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

 


Food & Drink

Available at the event: Food and beverage vendors 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.