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OBLIVION curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael ProkopowDeath of the Sun, 2016

Death of the Sun, Artist Rendering by Smith, 2016

Director X - Toronto, Canada

An immersive experience where the observer will witness a massive sculpture of the sun as it progresses through its life cycle. A deeply personal and highly evocative meditation on human mortality and people's individual place in the universe, this installation portrays the death of the star that sustains this planet.

"Growing up spending my summers in Georgian Bay, Ontario, I remember vividly as a child, laying by the lake and staring up at the clear star-filled sky. The immensity of what I saw made me think about the Earth and how small it is in the grand scheme of things; how much smaller humans are in comparison to Earth. Although we all know that our earth is a tiny little rock in comparison to our sun, a true comprehension of this immense reality is difficult to grasp.

These experiences of nature formed my worldview of one unified planet. Whether other people realize it or not, our countries, currencies, trade agreements and geopolitical conflicts are all social constructs and are essentially purposeless in the great long haul. With this shifted perspective, our importance and relativity to the Sun as human beings diminishes into the unfathomable. This installation is intended to portray the death of the star that sustains us." - Director X

Legendary Toronto artist known as Director X (born 1975), is a world-renowned creator of music videos, commercials and films who conceptualizes images that translate into sculpture. As an award-winning director, X marks his spot with grand narratives, graphic visuals and emotional storytelling that encapsulates the human condition.

Kinetic Sculpture


OBLIVION Militant Nostalgia And the Transformation Reveals Facing the Sky Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre Invictus 360°

Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen Street West

Suitable for all ages

CG Visuals -

Jerry Corda-Stanley

Colourist - Bill Ferwerda

Audio - MENALON (Lodewijk Vos + Joseph Murray)

Special thank you to Taj Critchlow, Doreen Simpson, The City of Toronto, Janine Marchessault, Michael Prokopow, Patty Bradley, Jerry Corda-Stanley, Gary Thomas, Raphael Quirino, Bill Ferwerda, Lodewijk Vos, Joseph Murray, Raha Moshfeghian, Adam Palmer, Adrian Gluvakovich, Menalon Music and Section Eight Productions Inc.

This project is outdoors.