An emerging sculptor and MFA candidate at York University, Rebecca Houston has worked in community development through the arts for two decades, including eight years at SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth.
Recent work in a community housing project influenced this response to the complex relationship between humans and a changing urban environment. Local children looking for playthings, break the branches from saplings in a new park while old and dying trees across the city drop unwanted branches, wreaking havoc on our city infrastructure. Windfall is an interactive sculptural plaything that reanimates Toronto’s recent bane, fallen tree branches into a kinetic prosthetic for a broken relationship between children, urban nature and outdoor play.
GROW OP will be on public display at the Gladstone April 24 – 27, 2014
Curated by Victoria Taylor, and featuring 26 new projects, Grow Op 2014 is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative landscape and urban design event, celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to sustainable placemaking across a broad range of creative practices.
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