• Artists: Reza Nik, Matthew Davis
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

This installation re-imagines the waste generated by Toronto’s 25 wards. Through collection, knolling and assembly, discarded objects are combined and constructed into sculptures.


  • Intersection: Bay St. & Albert St.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

Over the years, Toronto has become a major contributor to making Canada one of the world’s largest garbage producers. The artists’ interests lie in this residue, which is a result of the city’s new “sparkle.” Considering cycles of destruction and creation, this project will focus on the gap between spotless and landfill realities. “Project GUNK” is named for “junk” and for “gomi,” a Japanese word for “dust” or “garbage.” This installation will explore and expose our wasteful material culture by giving attention to the forgotten or dismissed. The artists aim to develop an alternative to Toronto’s current “continuum” within the landscape of our city. “Project GUNK” will be attempting a movement though its actions. Visitors will be encouraged to engage, celebrate and reflect on one of Toronto's most important topics.

The Artists

Reza Nik is a Toronto-based experimentalist with a background in art history and architecture. He teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture and runs a small trans-disciplinary design practice. Matthew Davis is a New York-based designer, as well as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and Parsons School of Design.


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