Ocean makes a turbulent environment that transforms the rotunda of Toronto’s City Hall. A constantly-changing canopy of recycled textiles evokes vast, unstable forces, where brilliant bursts of light alternate with dark, surging movements and intense waves of immersive sound. A dense aggregation of raw recycled textiles from H&M’s recycling program is transformed into an enriched, intricate canopy, evoking the emergence of life in primal ocean environments 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.