• Artist: Studio F Minus
  • Medium: Participatory Performance
  • Project Type: Creation : Destruction
  • Curator: Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
  • Neighbourhood: Fort York

Every 20 minutes, a brand new “baby” is shot from a cannon into the sky, gently parachuting into the crowd below.


Fort York National Historic SIte

  • Address: 100 Garrison Rd.
    (project is located on Garrison Common)
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

Set on the Garrison Common, part of the old military grounds at Fort York, “Everyone Wants a Free Baby!” plays with themes of birth, power and collective experience. A toy baby will be regularly shot from a customized cannon, slowly descending towards the crowd below, as if dropped by the fabled stork. This project will invite the audience to consider creation and destruction as parallels to two of our strongest and most complex human instincts: the desire to nurture and the need to compete. Pitching violence against tenderness and greed against selflessness, the work will playfully ask the audience to participate in an act of transformation themselves. One of the most recognizable symbols of warfare in Western culture, the cannon, will be turned into a generative tool, literally launching new life into the audience’s midst.

The Artist

Founded in Toronto in 2008 by artist Mitchell F. Chan and designer Brad Hindson, Studio F Minus initiates public conversations by creating large-scale art projects that focus on playful site engagement. Some of their previous works include a 21-foot-tall snowflake, an armada of dancing robotic windsocks, and a pedal-powered film projector.