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July 12 - July 29, 2018

Sean Martindale

A contemporary land art piece in an urban, post-nature environment of plastic turf and concrete, this topical topiary invites conversation about some of the most pressing issues we face today: growing economic disparity, environmental degradation, widespread mental illness and the global plight of refugees are all interrelated concerns that contribute to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Toronto. These issues, and those most affected, cannot simply be pushed out of view or swept under the rug. Too many can no longer afford to live in Canada’s largest cities, and other metropolitan centres around the world; we are all affected.

This project is the launching point for a series of events that will look at potential ways forward.

The collapsible structure of this sculpture is made of donated wood salvaged from Toronto construction projects. The barrier surrounding the figure is a collection of condo sandwich boards that were illegally installed on street corners around the city.


Sean Martindale is Harbourfront Centre’s inaugural Visual Artist-in-Residence in association with BRAVE: the Festival of Risk and Failure. Often using salvaged materials in his work, his acclaimed interdisciplinary practice is closely connected to the politics of public space. His interventions activate public spaces to encourage engagement, and often focus on ecological and social issues. Martindale’s playful works suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments.

Look out for more of Martindale’s projects, both old and new, installed around the Harbourfront Centre’s campus this year.

Artist: Sean Martindale
Producer: Olivia Coombe, Top Secret Plans
Fabricators: Lumatronic and 4tress Fabrication

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