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Thousands take to the streets for Toronto's all-night Nuit Blanche art festival

It was the eighth edition of the festival

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People visit the “Clothesline Canopy” project, which features 5,000 pairs of socks that will be donated to shelters, during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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People fill Nathan Phillips Square where Ai Weiwei's "Forever Bicycles, 2013" contemporary art project is held during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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Crowds fill Nathan Phillips Square where a poem in fluorescent lights illuminates for the project “The Rose Without Why” by Boris Achour during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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A person rearranges lights made with Velcro at the interactive installation "Light Scape" during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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A poem in fluorescent lights is illuminated for the project "The Rose Without Why" by Boris Achour at Nathan Phillips Square during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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A giant hammock hangs on Bay Street that is the "El Agua de Niebla, 2008" project which features 72,000 meters of thread hand-woven by several families in Mexico during Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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Yuta Honda takes a photo of the "The City of Gears" project at Bloor and Landsdowne during Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013 .

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The project "Tanks, 2013," which involves lace patterns cut into steel oil tanks , is displayed during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto in the early hours of Sunday, October 6, 2013.

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A person sits on a chair for people to view as part of the "Hysteria Coordinating" project during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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People rest on the sidewalk during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche which shut down streets in Toronto in the early hours of Sunday, October 6, 2013.

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People fill Nathan Phillips Square where multiple contemporary art projects are held during the free all-night art event Nuit Blanche in Toronto on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

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