The Vault, 2012. Photography by Erinn Heather Grennan
Thomas Blanchard - Toronto, Canada
The Vault 2012
59 - Toronto City Hall Project underground parking garage
100 Queen Street West
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
The artist investigates the dynamic tension between creation and destruction, preservation and change.
Viewers will navigate through a photo-based light box and sound installation that presents a surreal
world of frozen seeds and suspended floating roots. These sublime images of life in temporary suspension
are embedded in long tubes that create distortions of reality and are accompanied by the sounds of the
internal human landscape.
The Vault is located in a subterranean concrete space below Nathan Phillips Square, reminiscent of the
global seed banks that inspired the work. The vaults are icons of mankind‘s impact on the natural
world, both negative and positive. Built in preparation for an environmental disaster of doomsday proportions,
they hold the promise of life and immortality.
Artist Biography: Thomas Blanchard is a photo-based artist living in Toronto. His most recent
projects involve creating site specific installations with the use of photo light boxes and ambient sounds.
His work addresses environmental and health problems that surround us but often go unnoticed. Born in
Rochester, N.Y., Thomas holds a Masters in Fine Arts from York University and a BFA from Ryerson University's
Image Arts. He studied political science and geology at SUNY Potsdam, where he graduated with a BA in
With assistance from: Robert Buckingham, Colomba Fuller, Ron Holbrook and Public Access.