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Art Underground

Join us June 5th for a Public Art Concept Presentation of our proposal Outside the Lines for Wilson Station on the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway system. The proposed project seeks to capture the site’s capacity for dynamic movement through bursts of colourful sculptural forms. Rather than a singular static art piece, Outside the Lines is playfully fluid. Popping out of walls, shooting through floors and coiling around columns, it flows through the sprawling station in the form of ten vibrant installations.


Grown Op

The fifth annual Grow Op 2017 wrapped up earlier this month, an incredible exposition of contemporary art exploring themes of landscape, ecology and design that we co-curated, taking over all 4 floors of the Gladstone Hotel. Thanks to the amazing work of the 39 participating artists who created 30 innovative projects that engaged and enlightened visitors over the course the show.

Catch up on some of the coverage in Azure Magazine, Toronto Life, GROUND, and Canadian Architect.

Image: ‘Extreme Cloud Gazing’, Julie Gladstone (photo by Gabby Frank)


Allied Arts Medal 2017

We’re happy to announce that Christine Leu, on behalf of LeuWebb Projects, has been awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Allied Arts Medal for 2017.

The RAIC bestows the Allied Arts Medal every two years. The award honours a Canadian artist or designer for outstanding achievement in artwork created to be integrated with architecture. Any medium allied to architecture is eligible including murals, sculpture, glass, fabric, lighting, furniture, water, sound, site-specific installation, video, digital and industrial and landscape design.

“Each one of Christine Leu’s permanent works and temporary installations manifests a thoughtful and thought-provoking approach to its architectural or environmental context,” said the three-member jury.

“This is an extraordinary body of work that bridges art and architecture,” said the jury. “It demonstrates skill in response to site interpretation. There is a high-quality craft element.”

The medal will be formally presented in May at the RAIC’s Festival of Architecture in Ottawa.

 


Nature’s Wild Backyard

We’re pleased to announce that we’re creating a new public artwork for the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Our piece Animal Family will be integrated into the new Urban Barn as part of the zoo’s Nature’s Wild Backyard revitalization. The redevelopment’s design by the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative has already won an award and the real thing will be well worth a visit once it’s complete. We’ll keep you posted as our project develops.


Creative City / Designlines

We made an appearance this month in the current issue of Designlines magazine. Speaking to Alexandra Caufin and getting nicely photographed by Naomi Finlay in front of our piece at Perkins + Will‘s Toronto office was a delightful experience. Pick up your copy on newsstands and at discerning shops now!

 

 



A Storefront for Innovation

After designing a new storefront exhibition space at Ryerson University’s SLC for the Faculty of Communication & Design, we opened the gallery in October with Refashioning Masculinity. The project by lead researcher Ben Barry offered a thought provoking investigation into how men construct their identities through fashion. We’ll be curating a series of shows over the coming months for FCAD’s Window into Creative Innovation including the School of Performance’s production of Treasure Island in December.

Image by Doublespace Photography



On the Beach

In/Future proved to be an incredible re-imagining and re-invigoration of Ontario Place, that neglected public land occupying a special place in our memories and on the shore of Lake Ontario. We were honoured to create our component sculpture Flotsam/Jetsam for the exhibition and witness it shift and evolve through the actions of waves, weather and visitors over the course of the ten day festival.


Planting Seeds for Grow Op

We’re back curating the upcoming installment of Grow Op 2017, now entering its fifth year at the Gladstone Hotel. The exhibition occupies a necessary place at the intersection of landscape, ecology, art and design, providing new ways of articulating our relationships to the urban, wild and rural world around us. The call for submissions closes in September!