KAWAMATA: Toronto Project 1989

Paddy Moore and Jane Perdue

1991, 28:00 minutes, colour


Kawamata's works are temporary and site-specific, responding to the architecture, social attitudes and the cultural concerns of their urban environment. His works are metaphors for the constant construction and deconstruction of forms and attitudes in urban centres. With the Toronto project, a steady stream of downtown pedestrians observed the application of thousands of pieces of wood to a skeletal support structure floating between two neo-classical bank buildings. The structure at Colonial Tavern Park was Kawamata's most ambitious project to date and through its highly visible location allowed for an interaction with potentially the most diverse audience in Toronto. The Colonial Tavern was one of the most famous jazz venues in Canada from the 1950s till its closure in the late 1970s.

The project and exhibition was organized and curated by Steven Pozel for Mercer Union: a centre for contemporary visual art. This video has been produced in conjunction with the project, July through October 1989.

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