We drove to the Lights on Stratford Winter Festival to see internationally renowned artist Jen Lewin’s THE POOL. This interactive exhibit, which has been travelling since 2008, is a huge field of concentric circles that swirl with light when touched. You activate the large circular pads by walking or jumping across them. It’s an amazing sensory experience, inspired by Australian tidal pools.
The Pool is set up in Stratford’s beautiful Market Square for Lights on Stratford, a winter festival that began during the pandemic in 2020. Stratford is a theatre town and home to the renowned Stratford Festival, as well as some of the world’s best artists and creative minds. Many of those very talented lighting designers and props builders put their heads together to create this completely free exhibition of light displays and installations. There is an interactive map to follow to see the exhibits between Market Square and Tom Patterson Island, and a hop-on hop-off shuttle bus. Stratford is about an hour and 25 minutes drive west of Toronto; I love driving through the tiny village of Shakespeare as you get close. Until January 29th. 1 Wellington St, Stratford, ON.