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OBLIVION curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael ProkopowOcean, 2016

Artist Rendering of Ocean © PBAI, 2016

Philip Beesley - Toronto, Canada

Ocean will create a turbulent primal environment in the Rotunda of City Hall. A constantly-changing canopy of recycled textiles induces vast, unstable forces where brilliant bursts of light alternate with dark, surging movements and intense waves of hypnotic sound. A chorus of cries and whispers echoes within rising waves.

This dense aggregation of raw recycled textiles from H&M's Garment Collecting Initiative is transformed into an intricate and undulating mass, evoking the emergence of life in the ocean environment from unconscious realms into living form. This deeply immersive installation questions the hardened boundaries of traditional architecture and evokes self-generation, renewal and adaptation.

The work has been developed with Waterloo’s Living Architecture System Group and sound designer Salvador Breed.

A professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, Philip Beesley is widely known as a pioneer in responsive architecture and sculpture. His Toronto practice Beesley Pucher Seifert is an interdisciplinary design firm that combines public buildings with international art installations. Beesley's work was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture. His distinctions include the Prix de Rome in Architecture, ACADIA Award for Research, Architizer A+ and Azure AZ Award.

Kinetic Sculpture


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Toronto City Hall (Rotunda)

100 Queen Street West

Suitable for all ages

In association with Waterloo’s Living Architecture Systems Group, sound designer Salvador Breed and volunteers.

Revisit this project October 2-10 from 8 am to 6 pm.

This project is indoors.