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Art Festival Brings Light to Greenpoint

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The Brooklyn Waterfront will get a little taste of Times Square on Saturday.

The "Bring to Light" festival is a free contemporary art festival that started in Paris 10 years ago under the name "Nuit Blanche," after the idiom for an all-nighter, "white night."

This year is the second time the festival, featuring multimedia art and light-based installations, will be held in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Over 50 local and international artists will present work at the festival, which artist Chris Jordan describes as a "magical evening street fair of whimsical light."

Streetlights will be off and streets will be blocked off so that art lovers can revel in videos projected on the sides of Greenpoint's industrial buildings or on water towers.

One of Jordan's installations is a time-lapse video of Hurricane Irene over the Manhattan skyline that he took from Williamsburg. The video will be projected on the side of an inflatable for the festival. 

"You really get a sense of discovery and exploration," Jordan said.

Until midnight, that is, when it all turns back into the proverbial pumpkin.

The festival is organized by Nuit Blanche New York, an agency that produces large scale civic art projects. In the past, it has collaborated with the New Museum to present a piece for the Festival of Ideas for the New City.

Similar festivals will be celebrated concurrently in Toronto, Brussels and Paris with one small difference for the New York crowd: though the festival runs all night in other cities, permit laws and other factors require that the fest be celebrated only from 6 P.M. until midnight on Saturday.

During the fest, the East River Ferry will be decked out with its own installation and will run late-night between Manhattan and the Greenpoint waterfront to bring visitors to the light.

Irene in NYC from Chris Jay on Vimeo.