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

Vast amounts of hazard tape will wrap the pillars of The Bentway, creating a monumental, immersive installation that will become animated in the wind.

Location

The Bentway - Skate Trail, Fort York National Historic Site

  • Address: 250 Fort York Blvd.
    Under the Gardiner
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Fully barrier-free and wheelchair accessible

The Project

In “Hoarding,” hazard tape—a material typically used to keep people away from spaces under construction—will wrap a series of “bents” that hold up the Gardiner Expressway. The searing neon-yellow of the tape will act as a vibrant beacon that draws audiences toward the work, offering invitation rather than a caution, permission to enter rather than a warning to stay away. Once inside, visitors will experience a unique, immersive space that evokes the warp and weft of fabric on a loom, the walls vibrating in concert with the wind. Just as the tape’s bright colour will highlight the utilitarian overhead space of the expressway, it's flickering, fluttering motion will transform the wind from an invisible, abstract natural force into something highly perceptible. By repurposing an industrial material that often signifies destruction, “Hoarding” will transform a hazard into a creative act, while giving audiences an opportunity to stand inside this transformation.

Extended Project Details: "Hoarding" will be on view until October 20 as part of The Bentway's fall programming. Visit anytime.

The Artist

  • Gareth Lichty, Buffalo, USA

Gareth Lichty’s artwork often combines “handmade” techniques such as weaving with utilitarian materials like construction fencing, flagging tape and garden hoses. This creates paradoxically delicate constructions on large, industrial scales. His work has been exhibited across Canada and in Europe, China, the United States and New Zealand.

Acknowledgements

  • This project is co-produced by