• Artist: Lake Effect Projects
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Fort York

24 coffins adorned by former artist-tenants of the Coffin Factory will transform the audience into a funeral procession, mourning the passage of this creative hub.

Location

  • Address: 89 Niagara St.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible

The Project

“Eulogy for the Coffin Factory” is a ceremonial exhibition that will mourn the passage of the Coffin Factory at 89-109 Niagara Street. Originally built in the 1880s, this was home to the National Casket Company from 1908 until 1973. In more recent years, it has become known as the Coffin Factory, been used as artist studios and workshops, and served as an important space for the creative ecology of downtown. Now, these buildings are slated for redevelopment. Tenants were evicted in early 2019, marking the end of an era for the area. This project will provide an opportunity for the public to grieve, reflect and celebrate the Coffin Factory. Playing on the building’s casket-factory history, 24 former artist-tenants have been commissioned to adorn 24 coffins produced for the event. These will be displayed in a long row lining the south side of Niagara Street.

The Artist

Lake Effect Projects is a Toronto-based artist collective formed by Chris Foster and Daniel Rotsztain. Lake Effect Projects creates and curates site-specific artworks that activate public space through exhibitions, installations and collaborations with artists and communities.

Acknowledgements

  • This project was supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding.

Lake Effect Projects would like to thank the Toronto Arts Council, Art Spin Toronto, Shannon Linde and the Nuit Blanche team, LeuWebb Projects, Big Guppy Media, Dave Lister of CNCcutting.ca, Vanessa Rieger and our participating artists.