This old hydrant on the grounds of what was once the Highland Inn in Algonquin Provincial Park serves as a reminder that the park has always been a highly managed landscape. The Highland Inn was a year-round luxury resort built by the Grand Trunk Railway line as part of its efforts to promote travel to Canada’s “wilderness” destinations.
This was the best art installation I’ve seen in ages, only it wasn’t an art installation but an architecture graduate student’s thesis presentation. I don’t normally post photographs taken on devices other than my camera, and these certainly don’t do the project justice, but I’m posting these because I want to capture at least a fraction of how cool it was.
The project, Click Space by Jonah Ross-Marrs, dissects and reconfigures the steps that occur from the moment someone clicks “print” on their computer to the moment lines are printed on paper. Rudimentary printing machines were assembled from digital and analogue machine parts, and computer code was written not only to print the images of iconic works of architecture, but to break them down and offset them in different ways. This was a project about architectural
representation—drawing conventions and how they are used to design and communicate architecture.
I thought this was a wonderfully non-prescriptive investigation, even while much of the project was about script-writing and coding. The result of this thoughtful exploration were beautifully haunting images: drawings broken down to their most basic lines reminiscent of archaic glyphs. It was hard not to personify the crude printing machines that were seemingly writing in some form of ancient alphabet, as though they were eerily recreating the initial moments of human writing.
This sculpture, created equal parts by dump truck and happenstance, is to be found on the southern shore of Tommy Thompson Park. Leslie Spit, as it’s commonly called, is a man-made headland protruding into Lake Ontario from the city of Toronto. Meanwhile, across the western world, some fancying themselves artists are painstakingly and deliberately attempting to create works such as this.