Sunday, June 13, 2021

ArtworxTO: Over Floe public art at Ontario Place

Icebergs and flooded homes, two sides of the same coin, are a new art installation floating in the inner harbour at Ontario Place, made of salvaged Styrofoam by artist John Notten. The work is a great illustration of the harm of climate change as large icefields collapse and the ocean levels rise, threatening those living and working around the shorelines of the world.

John Notten approached Ellis Don for waste construction materials for one of his art projects. Ellis Don got behind the idea and provided the materials from the demolition of the Grenadier Square project site in Toronto. That project was Over Floe which has been included within ArtworxTO: Year of Public Art 2021-22.

From the ArtworxTO website: Toronto's Year of Public Art 2021–2022 will celebrate Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the artists behind it. This exciting new initiative will support artists and new artwork that reflects Toronto's diversity and creates more opportunities for the public to engage with art in their everyday lives, across the whole city. Explore FREE Public Art Across the City."

Ontario Place entrance off of Lake Shore Boulevard

From the Ellis Don website:  "As a result of human-caused global warming, ice sheets are melting and oceans are expanding. Cities around the world, Toronto included, have historically been located near large bodies of water, drawing from them a multitude of benefits. With carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions raising temperatures around the globe, polar ice is melting at an alarming rate causing dramatic changes in weather and increased risks of flooding. Our way of life, characterized in the institutional structures of the school, factory, home, bank and truck is threatened by our actions. It is our behavior now and in the future that will dictate whether or not these institutions float away."

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