Sunday, June 05, 2022

A Tribute to Toronto Smoke Sculpture at Sugar Beach

Artist Judy Chicago's floating art exhibition called 'A Tribute to Toronto' was staged in Lake Ontario on a barge placed off of Sugar Beach on Saturday, June 4, 2022. The show started a little late, about 10 minutes after 8pm, and lasted about 20 minutes, just shy of the promised 45 minute show.

First a line of red flares went off around the base of the scaffolding setup on the barge. Then the first smoke bomb that was ignited was blue which quickly filled the air with smoke. Over the course of the half hour temporary art installation different colours were used, followed by fireworks shooting off from the barge.

From the Toronto Biennial of Art's website: "Marking the closing of the 2022 edition, the Toronto Biennial of Art presents a newly commissioned site-specific work by artist Judy Chicago. This one-of-a-kind Smoke Sculpture™ will be visible from the shore of Lake Ontario, as a series of environmentally safe, non-toxic coloured smokes are released from a barge. For this one-time performance, the public is invited to gather at the waterfront to see the lake and sky transformed. Harkening back to Chicago’s Atmospheres photo series of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which sought to soften and “feminize” harsh, man-made environments, A Tribute to Toronto, 2022 works against the tradition of male Land Art artists whose work imposed itself on the earth. Instead, Chicago’s performance offers an alternative and impermanent approach that merges colour with landscape to increase awareness of the beauty of our natural environment. A Tribute to Toronto is commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art and made possible with the generous support of the City of Toronto, ArtworxTO, the Delaney Family Foundation, Menkes Developments, Waterfront Toronto, the Waterfront BIA, and the Women Leading Initiative."
Posted by Ann and James Hamilton

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