• Artists: Fezz Stenton, Daniel Lanois
  • Medium: Interactive Installation
  • Project Type: Special Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

This immersive, multi-sensory exhibit will bring the beauty of nature to life inside the soaring MaRS atrium, highlighting the urgent need to protect our ravaged planet.


MaRS Discovery District

  • Address: 661 University Ave.
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

This project is a rallying cry for our planet. A call for everyone to work together and support the innovators who are combating today’s mounting threats to our environment. Featuring an immersive, multimedia experience set in the soaring, cathedral-like MaRS atrium, "Transformation" will include 3D projections, super-sized sculptures, interactive light displays and informative videos. It also will include special contributions by Canadian icons Margaret Atwood and Daniel Lanois, who has composed a new soundscape for the event. Visitors will wade through a projection-mapped, plastic-clogged river, dodging massive, inflatable sculptures, prompting them to re-examine their own behaviours around single-use-plastics. They’ll gaze up at an enormous, glowing orange orb—a reminder of the catastrophic effects of earth’s rising temperatures—before arranging their own beautifully-lit pathway as they walk through a series of touch-sensitive, LED Nanoleaf light panels.

The Artists

Occupied VR, creators of the virtual river, specializes in interactive media & experiential activations that combine projection mapping, photogrammetry, videogrammetry and 360 ̊ filmmaking. Grammy-award-winning Daniel Lanois is a Canadian musician and record producer. He has produced albums for a range of renowned artists, including Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris and U2.


  • Sponsored by

Natural Plasticity sculptures by Jana Cruder and Matthew LaPenta; Projection mapping by Pixel Magic Design Inc.; Interactive light display by Nanoleaf.