Red Bull Illume Brings Photographic Thrills to Scottsdale Waterfront

Categories: Visual Art

Images courtesy of Red Bull
The Red Bull Illume photo exhibition along the Scottsdale Waterfront.
The Scottsdale Waterfront is fast becoming one of our favorite places to check out dazzling and eye-pleasing public art in recent weeks, particularly the kind that lights up the night after darkness falls.

Earlier this month, the waterfront and the adjacent Arizona Canal featured such stunningly vibrant large-scale works as the wondrous visual projections of Ryan Griffin's Paisajes de Luz and the illuminated paper boats of Aether & Hemera's floating installation Voyage via the latest edition of Canal Convergence. And over the next several nights, the banks of the canal will host the dramatic and action-packed photographic works of Red Bull Illume.

See also: Canal Convergence on the Scottsdale Waterfront, 11/9/13

The touring exhibition is part of the Illume Image Quest international competition that's organized by the famous energy drink every three years and features some of the best action and adventure sports photography in the world. It debuted at the Scottsdale Waterfront last Thursday and showcases the top 50 shots from the contest.

Lorenz Holder's photo of snowboarder Xaver Hoffmann in Raisting, Germany.

Each of these exhilarating images -- which capture the over-the-top thrills of such extreme pursuits as snowboarding, surfing, and BMX riding -- are displayed in 10-foot-square lightboxes along either side of the Arizona Canal. Like with Paisajes de Luz and Voyage, the photographs pierce the darkness of the Scottsdale night with glowing artworks that are a mix of light, beauty, and a bit of visual poetry.

Photographer Stuart Gibson's shot of surfer Ryan Hargrave off the coast of Fiji.

Illume, which will visit cities around the globe after leaving Scottsdale on November 24, is as much an exhibition of each photographer's ingenuity, determination, and technical abilities as it is of all of the athlete's stunts.

Snowboarder Anto Chamberland soars through the Montreal air in this photo by Jussi Grznar.

Location Info


Scottsdale Waterfront at Stetson Canal

7135 E. Via Soleri Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

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