Led by Jonathan Friedman of PARTISANS Architects, a team of Waterloo Architecture students will create a site-specific built installation on the Gardiner’s outdoor plaza. Coinciding with Waterloo Architecture’s 50th anniversary, visitors will be invited to embellish colourful benches with mosaic tile as part of a month-long communal art-making activation exploring the scarcity of meaningful public space in Toronto. A series of discussions and activations will engage the public in this ongoing dialogue throughout the month of July.
Originating as a graduate elective course, the installation focuses on three key areas of architectural investigation: materiality (linking traditional methods with new technologies); the site (an opportunity to engage with the building, the forecourt and the public realm in a meaningful and thoughtful way); and the poetics of space (the opportunity to create a poetic and provocative piece of art and design). In the process, the students have had the opportunity to examine the importance of civic space and to engage directly in the act of city building. Inviting the public to participate in the act of contributing helping to create the installation through the physical process of mosaic tiling, allows the work to become an interactive departure point to evaluate the success our public spaces, the contribution of public art in the city, and the importance of the public dialogue over how our city gets built.
We would like to invite you to the opening of the event on the 6th of July, 5-8pm, at the Gardiner Museum and to the rest of the events that will take place during the month of July:
Sunday July 9, 11am-3pm, Family Sunday: Outdoor Mosaic Making
Monday July 10, 12-1pm, Lunch Hour Outdoor Mosaic Making
Sunday July 16, 11am-3pm, Family Sunday: Outdoor Mosaic Making
Friday July 21, 5-8pm, Waterloo Architecture's 50th Anniversary Celebration
In addition, we would like to hear your opinion and perspective on matters of Toronto’s public space through a digital platform that we created for this purpose. Share your media, discuss your opinion, interact with each other on twitter: @TO_Public_Space.