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BigArtTO visits Don Valley East and Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Week 1-The Elevator to You by Ian Keteku, Photo by Vladimir Kanic
Week 1-The Elevator to You by Ian Keteku, Photo by Vladimir Kanic.

Just when you thought all in-person cultural events were cancelled, you’re in luck. BigArtTO is coming soon to a neighbourhood near you!

BigArtTO, a free city-wide outdoor public art celebration provides residents with opportunities to safely explore city neighbourhoods while still respecting public health guidelines. And OCAD University is excited to participate as a proud partner.

Twenty-two of the BigArtTO productions are the result of a close collaboration between the City of Toronto, OCAD University, and AVA Animation & Visual Arts Inc. Three of the BigArtTO productions will be delivered at waterfront locations and will be activated by program partner, The Bentway. These meaningful partnerships will provide opportunities for emerging Toronto-based artists and students.

The BigArtTO initiative runs to December 5, 2020. A complete event schedule is available on the City of Toronto website

Week 2 - September 23 to 26: daily from 8 to 11 p.m.

Don Valley East

(Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E, M3C 1 P6)

Daniel HyunTack Oh (OCAD U fourth-year student), United We Fall, Divided We Stand

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made the year 2020 an unprecedented time for everyone in the world. As we are adjusting to a temporary new normal life of social distancing and mask-wearing, in order to flatten the curve, United We Fall, Divided We Stand attempts to describe the importance of social distancing by portraying dominoes falling in two different situations.”

Etobicoke Lakeshore

(Amos Waites Park, 2441 Lake Shore Blvd. W., M8V 1C5)

Akshata Naik, Song of the Water

“This series created in virtual reality represents my thoughts, which often come, making way and cutting through, like [the] gushing water of a river, to then merge with an oceanic calm and silence. These are the visuals that are emerging out of my time spent by the water, reflecting and getting lost in the song of the water.”