• Artist: sara torrie
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Sterling Road

75 metres of handmade rope made with donated textiles will wrap around an intersection in a community on the cusp of gentrification.


  • Intersection: Sterling Rd. & Perth Ave.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

"powerline" is a tactile object that invites audiences to celebrate our shared strength and interdependence. Installed just north of where a rope factory operated 100 years ago, this project highlights a piece of the neighbourhood's history at a moment when empty former industrial spaces are disappearing. Made with donated textiles and clothing from local residents, this handmade rope becomes a symbol of personal and collective power, determination and resourcefulness in a community that is rapidly changing.

The Artist

sara torrie is a Canadian artist exploring the regenerative potential found in textiles and objects. For 10 years, she has been creating “sartoria,” an experiment in upcycling fashion (or not-fashion). She is currently expanding her practice to include costumes and installation.


sara torrie would like to thank the current residents of Sterling Road and Perth Avenue and all of the people who have lived on this land before us.