• Artist: Jonathan Schipper
  • Medium: Sculptural Installation
  • Project Type: Creation : Destruction
  • Curator: Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
  • Neighbourhood: Fort York

An artist-made 3D printer will create models of everyday objects out of salt crystals atop shimmering mountains of road salt in a cathedral-like storage dome.


Salt Dome, City of Toronto Transportation Yard

  • Address: 677 Wellington St. W.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

In “Detritus,” the audience will be asked to consider the transient nature of mundane objects—chairs, tires, toilets and more—by watching them be brought into existence only to dissolve back into a sea of salt. No matter how much we may wish to preserve such items, they are both fragile and transient by nature; the universe has other plans. Salt’s significance as both a mineral and a metaphor spans cultures, geographies and centuries. It has caused wars and been the basis for countless acts of colonial violence. But it has also been used to mummify bodies, save lives, perform rituals and build cities. It preserves and corrodes, heals and poisons, all at once. What better material to help us consider the cycles of construction and decay that shift and change our lives, even as we try to hold them in place?

The Artist

Jonathan Schipper’s artwork combines a wide range of materials and techniques, from pneumatics to leatherwork to rock ‘n’ roll. His work often deals with themes of entropy and decay, becoming most alive just before it ends.


  • This project is sponsored by

Thanks the 677 Wellington St. City of Toronto Transportation staff.