Dotting the section of Toronto’s West Island shore line some bizarre species of plant, John Dickson’s Wind Flowers are activated by Lake Ontario’s winds. The installation is part of the in/future, a festival of art and music in the abandoned Ontario Place. Made from repurposed cymbals, Wind Flowers respond to the power of the breeze, ranging in intensity from gentle buzzing to dissonant clanging. Continue reading
Happy New Year from OpenCity Projects! To celebrate we are reviewing the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world in 2014. This year we saw in incredible number of protests in public spaces, the rise of walkable cities around the world and cities that transformed in 2014.
Sitting on the stoop outside my apartment is one of the only ways to cool down on a sweltering summer night in Toronto. The location of my rented abode on the streetscape means that there is always something going on: the bus stop two doors up disgorges commuters at regular intervals, the crosswalk one door down flashes intermittently as pedestrians amble leisurely along, and a small parking lot near a grocery store across the street fills and empties with the ebb and flow of the day. All of this combines into a strange urban ballet that got me thinking about movement and how this intangible energy contributes to our experience of the city. Continue reading