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May
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Whereness turns 5!

On 19, May 2021 | In News, Project | By Admin

Spacemakeplace is celebrating five years since the installation of ‘Whereness’. Located near the Langara /49th Avenue Canada Line Station, ‘Whereness’ was commissioned by Mosaic Homes for the City of Vancouver Public Art Program in 2016.

‘Whereness’ provides a tactile link between the area’s geological past and its current condition. The bottom boulder of the sculpture is a granite glacial erratic, deposited at this address thousands of years ago as a huge ice sheet receded up the Fraser Valley. This very boulder was scanned and replicated six times, then stacked to form a visual puzzle.

The sculpture acknowledges the practice of piling rocks at certain points along pathways to guide travellers crossing the landscape. This simple custom is still common across cultures around the world.

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18

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Coming Together To Give Back To The Community

On 18, Mar 2021 | In Inspiration, Make, News, Project | By Admin

On the anniversary of our COVID-19 life, we want to share some feel good news from 2020. With proceeds from the sale of “Come Together” (2020), we were able to donate back to the St. James Town Community Corner, near TTC Sherbourne subway station. “Come Together” is a bespoke, glazed ceramic tile mosaic (0.6m x 2.0m) commissioned by Louis Vuitton.

A commissioned artwork for Louis Vuitton Canada

“Come Together” (2020) glazed ceramic tile mosaic (0.6m x 2.0m) Louis Vuitton. Yorkdale, Toronto.

The St. James Town Community Corner was one of the hosts to the original community pattern-making workshops that Spacemakeplace held in 2018 to gather pattern inspiration for the TTC mosaic. The donation from Spacemakeplace will be used in a program that offers employment to local refugee women to prepare meals for the elderly and vulnerable in the community over the COVID-19 crisis.

Store designers for Louis Vuitton contacted Rebecca last spring interested in acquiring a new work to be included in the Louis Vuitton international art collection. “Come Together” (2020) is displayed alongside new artworks by Toronto-based street artist BirdO, and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, at the new Louis Vuitton Canadian flagship store located in Yorkdale Mall,  Toronto.

Three mosaic of the thirty-nine mosaic panels located throughout TTC Sherbourne

“The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of It’s Parts”. TTC Sherbourne Subway Station. Toronto, ON

 

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11

Mar
2021

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MERGE (Lynnmour Sound Wall) Update: Waidhofen, Austria

On 11, Mar 2021 | In infrastructure, Make, News, Place, Project | By Admin

Thanks to FORSTER and Rainer Kraft from Kraft Consulting for their recent photos of the colourful acoustic panels that have now been fabricated at Forster’s factory in Waidhofen, Austria.  Later this summer (2021) these panels will be installed along side 356m of Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) between Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing and Lynn Creek in the District of North Vancouver.

The public artwork, MERGE, will feature twenty naturalistic colours representing a selection of local flora, fauna and landmarks specific to the Lynnmour community and area.  The ~620 powder-coated aluminum panels have been carefully configured to produce a giant site-specific spectrum designed to be viewed by both passing traffic and residents in nearby communities.

Acoustic Sound Wall Panels for Trans-Canada Highway at Lynnmour Creek, District of North Vancouver, BC

MERGE (Lynnmour Sound Wall) Panels: FORSTER. Waidhofen, Austria

Acoustic Sound Wall Panels for Trans-Canada Highway at Lynnmour Creek, District of North Vancouver, BC

MERGE (Lynnmour Sound Wall) Panels: FORSTER. Waidhofen, Austria

Acoustic Sound Wall Panels for Trans-Canada Highway at Lynnmour Creek, District of North Vancouver, BC

MERGE (Lynnmour Sound Wall) Panels: FORSTER. Waidhofen, Austria

Acoustic Sound Wall Panels for Trans-Canada Highway at Lynnmour Creek, District of North Vancouver, BC

MERGE (Lynnmour Sound Wall) Panels: FORSTER. Waidhofen, Austria

Acoustic Sound Wall Panels for Trans-Canada Highway at Lynnmour Creek, District of North Vancouver, BC

MERGE (Lynnmour Sound Wall) Panels: FORSTER. Waidhofen, Austria

 

 

 

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09

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2018

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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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15

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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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13

Jun
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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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TTC Sherbourne: Community Workshops

On 09, May 2018 | In infrastructure, Inspiration, Make, News, Place, Project, Research, Space | By Admin

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Over three weeks in March and April, 2018, we led 24 community pattern-making workshops at seven different venues located within a 5-10 min walking radius of TTC Sherbourne Station.  We met with approximately 450 local community members, from kindergarten children to senior citizens, who contributed over 700 unique triangle patterns to this public art project. We are amazed!

Check out all of the pattern design galleries on the Sherbourne Station Community Mosaic Facebook page!

After a brief introduction to the project, participants were invited to create their own triangular patterns by arranging colourful cardboard tiles on special templates.  Twelve different colours reference the bold palette of Tom Thomson, a famous Canadian painter who once had a studio in the nearby Rosedale Ravine. When completed, every pattern was photographed and catalogued, and the individual or group of artists were given the opportunity to provide their name to be included on the public artwork plaque as a contributor.

Later this year, ceramic tile mosaics will be installed at multiple locations around TTC Sherbourne Station.  The mosaics will be assembled from custom-made tiles, manufactured in Canada from recycled glass. Each tile will be twice as large as the cardboard tiles used in the workshops.

The final mosaic pieces will be inspired by the patterns collected from community members.  Parts of individual patterns will be woven together to form new and complex patterns representing the creativity and interconnectivity of the local community.  

We greatly appreciate the hospitality, enthusiasm and support that we have received.  We would like to give special thanks to those who assisted in hosting the workshops: David Crichton, Rose Avenue Junior Public School; Shabana Sohail, Community Matters Toronto; Simon Storey, Rosedale Junior Public School; Allyson Payne, Branksome Hall School; Suja Selvaraj, St. James Town Community Corner; Suzanne Fernando, Toronto Public Library – St James Town Branch; Rick Lee, Wellesley Community Centre; Jaymie Sampa, 519 Space for Change.  Individual pattern-making participants will be acknowledged on a plaque that will be located near the station entrance.

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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Calder Community Mosaic: Grand Opening!

On 04, Mar 2018 | In Make, News, Place, Project | By Admin

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On March 1, 2018 we were delighted to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Edmonton Public Library’s Calder Branch.  It has been three years since our proposal to create the Calder Community Mosaic was selected by the Edmonton Arts Council to become a piece of public art to be integrated with the architecture of this new construction.

Representatives from the City of Edmonton, the Province of Alberta, Edmonton Public Library Board of Trustees, Six Nation Elders, the Edmonton Arts Council and the people of all ages from the local community gathered for dedication speeches, ribbon cutting (complete with over-sized scissors) and a special Calder Branch cake.

We were very pleased to present the Library with copies of the book publication that we had prepared that describes the community participation in the Calder Community Mosaic and how it was created and installed.  Please ask the branch librarian if you would like to see a copy.

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Livable Cities 2017: Sensing the City

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Livable Cities 2017 – 2nd Annual Symposium

April 13, 2017

Anvil Centre. New Westminster, BC.

Thanks to Livable Cities 2017 for inviting Rebecca to talk about her practice and to give a presention on how our surroundings can stimulate our senses and help inform how we identify with a particular place.

Livable Cities” brings together interdisciplinary research, creative inquiry and city planning methods to explore current city development through sound, smell and other embodied perspectives. Presented by Simon Fraser University and hosted by the City of New Westminster, this one-day symposium will take up various disciplinary approaches, including architecture, community development, and socio-cultural issues. The event will include panels and talks, sensory workshops and sound art presentations. Communities in flux across the Lower Mainland present unique opportunities to engage with city planning strategies, urban densification, and the impact of soundscapes, smellscapes and mobilities on local urban environments.

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Calder Community Mosaic Patterns

On 27, Feb 2017 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

We’re excited that the design for the new Calder Branch Library community mosaic mural is coming together nicely.  We are making preparations to begin fabrication soon.

Here is an updated animation of all of the digitized patterns created from the great designs gathered last year at the Calder Community pattern workshops.

Stay tuned…

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