LOOP will be featured at The Ice at Canalside presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York from December 18th through January 17th and is made possible with the support from our Supporting Sponsors: Upstate Honda Dealers and Western New York Immediate Care.

Come experience your inner child, partake in some of your favorite outdoor activities and check out our newest attraction!


LOOP is an illuminated musical installation, featuring a distinctive retro-futuristic look, uses cylinders two meters in diameter and plays short flipbook-style movies inspired by Quebec literature. The work is inspired by the zoetrope, an optical toy invented in the 19th century. Loop is a hybrid of the music box, zoetrope and railway handcar.

Rink visitors are invited to sit down inside the zoetrope, pump the bar, and make the image cylinder turn. The pictures will spring into motion. At the center of each giant wheel is a music box to provide accompaniment for the beautiful hand-drawn animations.

The animated images, tinted by a strobe effect, are reminiscent of the earliest movies. The speed of the whirring pictures, the frequency at which the light flickers and the tempo of the music are all determined by how fast you move the bar.

Have fun!

Owner: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. A creation by Ottoblix, Jonathan Villeneuve, Olivier Girouard (Ekumen), in collaboration with generique design, Jérôme D. Roy, Thomas Ouellet Fredericks, Dominic Thibault, Adsum Lab. Tour Producer: Creos.