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22

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Maple Ridge Community Mosaic: Community Engagement

On 22, Oct 2019 | In Inspiration, Make, News, Project, Research | By Admin

The Maple Ridge Leisure Centre is an important hub for the neighbourhoods it serves.  Our new artwork intends to reaffirm the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre as a shared place where the wider community interacts daily.

The Maple Ridge Community Mosaic is created from content gathered from artist-­run community workshops.  Our role, as lead artists, is one of interpreters of the research and to create a new patterned design that represents the unique fabric of the local Maple Ridge community.  Traditional and contemporary patterns and motifs created by local people have been woven together and combined to form the final artwork.

In February 2019 we held community pattern making workshops with local groups at:

● Saturday 9 February
○ Maple Ridge Public Library (Repair Cafe)

● Wednesday 13 February
○ Maple Ridge Leisure Centre (Parents and Child Playtime)

○ Harry Hooge Elementary School

● Thursday 14 February
○ Chartwell Willow Manor

○ Maple Ridge Public Library

● Monday 18 February
○ ACT Arts Centre (Family Day)

● Tuesday 19 February
○ Kanaka Elementary School


○ Maple Ridge Public Library

● Thursday 21 February
○ Kanaka Elementary School
○ Thomas Haney High School

During these public workshops we collected and documented approximately 540 unique patterns.  We had a wonderful turn out and we collected amazing patterns from local people of all ages.  For more information and images about the workshops and the project see our Facebook page.

 

 

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Maple Ridge Community Mosaic: Ceramic Tile Colour Selection

On 17, Oct 2019 | In Inspiration, Make, News, Project | By Admin

Maple Ridge community members were asked to submit photographs of their local landscape to the Maple Ridge Community Mosaic Facebook and Instagram pages to help inspire the colour palette for the new public artwork to be located at the newly renovated Maple Ridge Leisure Centre.

Based on the ~150 public submissions we received over Fall 2018, we selected twelve representative colours to be used for the project.

The thousands of cardboard tiles we made for the following community pattern making workshop series were carefully matched to these same twelve colours.

We organized the mosaic colour palette into smaller, seasonally-themed palettes and then rotated through the palettes at each public workshop to ensure that the all the colours were balanced and would work well together.

Thank you to everyone online who submitted their beautiful images of sunrises, sunsets, alpenglow, winter mornings, giant forests, lush meadows, sublime lakes, mighty rivers, and native wildlife and wildflowers.  The images below show how your images helped to inspire the mosaic colour selection.

 

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Maple Ridge Community Mosaic: Colours of Maple Ridge

On 27, Sep 2019 | In Make, News, Place, Project | By Admin

The colours used for the new Maple Ridge Community Mosaic are inspired by the colours of the local Maple Ridge landscape.

Using posters, Facebook promotions and the Instagram hashtag #mapleridgecommunitymosaic we invited community members to submit photographs of their favourite seasonal colours.

Over the Fall of 2018 we received ~150 beautiful images.

From these landscape photos we created a new colour palette for the custom mosaic tile glazes.

More to come…

 

 

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19

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Calder Library Community Mosaic in AVENUE MAGAZINE

On 19, Sep 2019 | In News, Project | By Admin

Thank you kindly to Edmonton’s AVENUE MAGAZINE for the article in their August edition about our Calder Library Community Mosaic. We’re very proud to have worked with the Edmonton Arts Council on this community-themed project.

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08

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TTC Sherbourne: All Aboard! “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts”

On 08, Nov 2018 | In infrastructure, Make, News, Place, Project | By Admin

After two long weeks at the end of October 2018, working through day and night, we are very happy to announce that “The Whole is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts“, formerly referred to as the Sherbourne Station Community Mosaic, is complete and open to the public at TTC Sherbourne in Toronto, ON.

We are very proud of the finished artwork. “The Whole is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts” is a series of 39 ceramic tile mosaic panels located throughout TTC Sherbourne station at the main entrance, Bloor Street concourse, both East and West bound platforms, and the Glen Road Concourse.

Sherbourne Street Concourse.

Each panel is a blend of geometric patterns that we collected from over 450 people from the local neighbourhood at a series of 24 community workshops held in March and April 2018. Kindergarten children to senior citizens who contributed over 700 unique triangle patterns to this public art project and this project is dedicated to them and the vibrant communities that merge together every day at Sherbourne station.

Pattern-making workshop at the Toronto Public Library St James Town Branch, March 2018.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Csaba Bereczki, proprietor of The Tile Setter Company, and his assistant, Marthonee ‘Kim’ Padua, for their tireless effort and professional dedication to making sure that we completed the installation on schedule. It was a near-super human feat and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Csaba Bereczki, proprietor of The Tile Setter Company (right), and his assistant, Marthonee ‘Kim’ Padua (left)

Rebecca priming the columns on the Sherbourne Street Concourse.

After priming the subway tile walls and skimming with thinset, the first sections of the 39 panels are adhered to the Westbound platform.

After every stage of the installation each panel was covered for protection until complete.

Rebecca reviewing the plans.

All work around the main Sherbourne Street entrance had to be completed between 2am and 5am while the station was closed.

Csaba laying the last tile section in thinset.

With a six-car train passing every 4-5mins, working in an active subway station was a challenging environment.

Midnight snack in the storage room.

David removing the face tape from a mosaic on the Sherbourne Street Concourse level.

Rebecca striping the masking tape bordering a mosaic on the Westbound platform.

Csaba and Kim grouting the mosaics at the Sherbourne Street entrance.

Csaba and Kim giving the mosaics a careful wipe down before the final completion.

David and Rebecca with Csaba Bereczki, proudly presenting the completed artwork to representatives from TTC on the final day of installation.

The Sherbourne Station Community Mosaic public artwork was commissioned by the Toronto Transit Commission as part of the Easier Access and Second Exit Program.

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New Project: Maple Ridge Community Mosaic

On 13, Oct 2018 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

Thanks to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadow News for their recent article about our upcoming project at the renovated Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. We’re looking forward to the community workshop series with local groups this November.

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09

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TTC Sherbourne: Fabrication Complete

On 09, Oct 2018 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

The 39 mosaic panels are complete!  A huge thank you again to Mike Hauner and the whole team at Interstyle Ceramic + Glass for their help and expertise.  We look forward to working with them again soon.

Loaded onto a pallet for transportation to TTC Sherbourne the artwork weighs in at 1500 lbs.

Archiving spare tiles in the tile vault

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12

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TTC Sherbourne: Fabricating Mosaic Sections

On 12, Sep 2018 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

The production of the Sherbourne Community Mosaic panels has gone really well and we have now nearly completed the fabrication phase of the project.

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The design of each panel was created by blending together different geometric patterns that we collected from around the Toronto’s Sherbourne community over three weeks in March and April, 2018.

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We are very grateful to the ~450 people of all ages (who live, work and go to school within a 5-10 min walk of TTC Sherbourne station) for participating at one or more of the 24 pattern-making workshops.  Over 700 amazing triangular tile patterns were contributed to the project – Thank you everyone!

You can find a photo of every pattern on the Sherbourne Community Mosaic Facebook page.  ‘Like’ the page to get future project updates.

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Approximately 14,000 equilateral triangle ceramic tiles are needed for the Sherbourne Community Mosaic and each one has been hand-made from Earthenglass™, a blend of 100% recycled glass with clay and porcelain.

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Twelve different colours of tiles have been specially crafted for this project.  These colours were inspired by the paint palette of Canadian painter, Tom Thomson, who at one time had his studio in the Rosedale Ravine, near TTC Sherbourne before the station existed.

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Each of the thirty-nine Sherbourne Community Mosaic panels has been fabricated and will be installed in smaller sections.  The mosaic panels will be located throughout TTC Sherbourne and cover a total of 400 square feet.

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There are up to forty-eight tiles in a section and each tile is laid by hand.  We use a template to help copy from the original designs and a special jig that spaces the tiles evenly.

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The tiles at the top and bottom rows of each panel are cut in half with a wet saw so that they will fit square.

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After each section is face-taped together, it is given an identifying number that references a map of each panel.

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The final stage of the fabrication is to carefully pack each section into boxes ready for transport to TTC Sherbourne for installation.

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We give our special thanks to Judy Bayer for her generous support.  Her hard work, helping to count tiles and piece the panels together, has been greatly appreciated!

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The Sherbourne Station Community Mosaic public artwork has been commissioned by the Toronto Transit Commission as part of the Easier Access and Second Exit Program.

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TTC Sherbourne: Custom Tile Production Almost Complete

On 05, Sep 2018 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

Over the last few weeks we’ve been completing the fabrication of the approximately 14,000 custom ceramic tiles needed for the  Sherbourne Community Mosaic.  The final artwork, to be located throughout Toronto’s TTC Sherbourne station, will total 400 square feet in area.  The equilateral triangle tiles are hand-made from Earthenglass™, a blend of 100% recycled glass with clay and porcelain and are produced by Interstyle Ceramic + Glass in Burnaby, BC.

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We’ve developed 12 bespoke colours for the mosaic tiles that have been inspired by the paint palette of Canadian painter, Tom Thomson.

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Thomson once had a studio in the Toronto neighbourhood where the mosaic will be located.

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After the tile bisque has been fired once in the kiln the coloured glazes are carefully sprayed onto the triangles.  The tiles are weighed to ensure the correct amount of glazing has been applied.

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The glazed tile bisque is loaded onto trays ready to be feed into the giant kiln

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The giant kiln.

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Even though they look delicious these tasty treats are not for eating.

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Grey and Red tiles lined up to get fired.

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The glazed bisque tiles are then re-fired in the kiln at temperatures over 1,200 degrees Celsius – that’s HOT!!!

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The beautiful new ceramic tiles are now ready to be assembled into the Sherbourne Community Mosaic!

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TTC Sherbourne: Custom Tile Production

On 15, Aug 2018 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

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Mike Hauner, Partner at Interstyle Ceramic + Glass presenting the first batch of tile bisque.

After months of planning, the Sherbourne Community Mosaic has entered the fabrication phase.  The 39 mosaic panels that will form the Sherbourne Community Mosaic will cover 400SF of the TTC Sherbourne Station.

The approximately 14,000 custom ceramic tiles are being produced in Canada by Interstyle Ceramic + Glass in Burnaby, BC.  The equilateral triangle tiles are hand-made from Earthenglass™, a blend of 100% recycled glass with clay and porcelain.

In partnership with Interstyle Ceramic + Glass we’ve developed 12 bespoke colours that have been inspired by the paint palette of Canadian painter, Tom Thomson.  Thomson once had a studio in the Toronto neighbourhood where the mosaic will be located.  The 12 colour glazes match the coloured cardboard tiles that we used in the Sherbourne Community Mosaic pattern-making workshop series held around TTC Sherbourne in April.

 

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To make the tile bisque the clay mix is rolled flat and then cut into equilateral triangles using a custom die.

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Unglazed tile bisque.

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Inspecting the freshly baked tile bisque.

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Custom colour test samples in the glazing ‘kitchen’.

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Interstyle Ceramic + Glass, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.

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Newly Planted: GIANT

On 20, Jun 2018 | In Make, News, Place, Project | By Admin

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We are very pleased to announce the recent installation of ‘Giant’, a 71’ tall artwork commissioned by PC Urban for the newly rebuilt Lightworks Building, located at 22 East 5th Avenue in Vancouver’s Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood.

At 71′ tall, ‘Giant’ represents a juvenile Douglas Fir tree, standing at the approximate height a real Douglas Fir might be in 2018, had it started from seed when the original Lightworks building was first built in 1942.  

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Our special thanks to Gerald Nimchuk and his great team at East Van Vinyl for their expert printing and precision installation.  East Van Vinyl are located on 6th Avenue, only one block away from GIANT!  Thank you also to Wade Girgulis, Project Manager at PC Urban and Jan Ballard and her team at Ballard Fine Art for this opportunity.

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GIANT installation half way.  The installation took place in two phases and took four days to complete.

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On the doors at the main entrance to the Lightworks Building the GIANT image is fritted inside the glass panes for added protection

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TTC Sherbourne: Tom Thomson Colour Palette

On 13, Jun 2018 | In Inspiration, Make, Place, Project, Research | By Admin

The Sherbourne Station Community Mosaic will use a set of 12 colours that are inspired by the palette of iconic Canadian painter, Tom Thomson.

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Colour testing by Interstyle Ceramic & Glass of the twelve colours chosen for the TTC Sherbourne Community Mosaic

Thomas John Thomson, painter (born 5 August 1877 in Claremont, ON; died 8 July 1917 in Algonquin Provincial Park, ON). An early inspiration for what became The Group of Seven, Tom Thomson was one of the most influential and enduringly popular Canadian artists of the early part of the twentieth century. His paintings The West Wind (1917) and Jack Pine (1916-1917) are familiar Canadian icons.  Thomson was a master colourist.

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Thomson was one of the first artists in residence at the Studio Building, located at 25 Severn Street, in the Rosedale ravine immediately east of the above-ground Ellis portal that brings subway trains into and out of the north end of the Bloor-Yonge subway station, a short walking distance from Sherbourne Station. His studio’s site and positioning takes advantage of the northern exposure that illuminates the artist’s canvas with very even, neutral light.  Completed in 1914, the nonprofit facility was financed by Lawren Harris, heir to the Massey-Harris farm machinery fortune, and Dr James MacCallum.

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Thomson would spend the summers in Algonquin Park and winter at the Studio Building in a refurbished a workmen’s shed on the east side of the building that MacCallum had converted so Thomson could work in an environment closer to his beloved wilderness settings.

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