Ben Watt-Meyer is a landscape designer and artist based in Toronto. He is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Toronto and is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary collective Urbanworm Design. He works at Public Work Office for Urban Design and Landscape Architecture.
Toronto’s largest constructed breakwater is literally built from the earth that once filled the city’s voids and rubble from the demolished walls of it’s lost architectural heritage. To see this place as a burial ground provides a moment to mourn our losses. Yet to celebrate it as the material evidence of Toronto’s dramatic post-war urban change is an opportunity to rediscover the transformation of lake fill into a landscape.
From the late 1950’s until the early 1990’s the Leslie Street Spit was Toronto’s primary dump site for earth fill and rubble. During these years millions of cubic metres of earth, clay, rock, concrete, asphalt, bricks and stone were dumped into Lake Ontario. The discarded structures of countless demolished buildings found their resting place here.
Come hear Ben talk about this work at an artist’s talk on Saturday April 25th at 2PM at the Gladstone Hotel, and join him out on the spit during the Jane’s Walk festival on Sunday May 3rd at 12PM to rediscover Toronto’s urban history through its rubble.
Gladstone Hotel is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Gladstone Grow Op, a five day exhibition celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art and place making under the theme: culture of landscape. Grow Op 2015 will facilitate a cross-disciplinary forum across a broad range of creative practices within the vibrant setting of Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. Grow Op, as one of the most intriguing annual exhibitions in Toronto, encourages a wide range of perspectives and dialogues around landscape and place; challenging our understanding of nature and the built environment around us. #GROWOP2015
Thursday, April 23rd – Sunday, April 26th, 2015 | Thurs. 11am-8pm, Fri. 11am-10pm, Sat. and Sun. 11am-5pm | Opening Reception: Friday, April 24th, 2015 | $10
For all Grow Op events and parties see our Grow Op event page.