Friday, December 5, 2014

Promise in the Park: Tornado of Wings

We're continuing with conceptiual development of Promise in the Park, a four-year public art project, through arts workshop with community members and organizations in Toronto's Winchester Park neighbourhood.

Ideas that emerged earlier this year have led us to explore stories of loss, spring, and transformation including the Greek Myth of Persephone and Fisher and the Seasons, an Anishinabe Legend.These sketches were produced a couple of days ago during our workshop with Maggies: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project.  

Fisher, a fierce fox-sized animal, who -- with the help of Wolverine, Otter, and Lynx -- jumps through a hole in sky land where is it warm and summer-like. There, all the worlds birds are in cages. Fisher chews through the rawhide that binds the cages and frees the birds that spiral up into a great dark cloud, and then spiral down down through the hole in the sky and re-enter the world below. As the hole is made larger, the warmth of summer leaks into the land below and melts the snow.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday #1

In the spirit of "throwback thursdays," we're posting images from our visual archives over the next few weeks. With a staggering 30,000+ photographs that document our work since 2005, there's a lot to choose form. 

We produced a 5' diameter mosaic sign for the Riverdale Hub in 2012, shortly after the Hub had moved into a historic tenement building at 1326 Gerrard St. East. Founded by Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre, grassroots women’s organization, the Hub’s historic century-old building has been re-imagined as an environmentally sustainable space that promotes community economic development through social enterprises.

We're not generally in the business of sign-making but we wanted to be a part of the realization of this important Gerrard Bazaar neighbourhood project.