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Mini Poplar, 2012, Photo: Paul Cuthbert

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Joanne Loton - Toronto, Canada
Andrea Stewart - Toronto, Canada
Armen Bazarian - Toronto, Canada
Joey Sadler - Toronto, Canada

Poplar Paradiso

8 - The Stables at Casa Loma
328 Walmer Road (Across from Casa Loma's
main entrance off Austin Terrace.)

Curated by Alvis Choi

Meditating on the theme 'If it weren't for the buildings in between', Poplar Paradiso explores this possibility: if Nature reclaimed our urban environment, would the spirit of the city still remain?

>A stand of poplar trees is illuminated by a sun that travels in an arc from sunrise to sunset in a collapsed day-to-night cycle.

During the day, the forest hums with the timeless pastoral rhythm of nature. But as the sun goes down and night comes, the forest echoes with sounds of a city remembered: dynamic, frenetic and charged.

Humans look to nature for restoration, but we also crave the energy of our self-created urban environments, at once infinite creatures and temporal beings. The atmosphere of the installation offers space for participants to find reconciliation between these dualities of our human condition.

Four collaborators from the fields of installation, sound design, music & lighting design each bring distinct skills to this interdisciplinary piece.
Joanne Loton
Armen Bazarian

Toronto Culture / Soctiabank