What happens when contemporary art collides with nature? Come find out at the Gladstone Hotel’s annual Grow Op exhibition, an exploration of urbanism, landscape and contemporary art. Every year presents a different theme, allowing artists to create exhibits that examine and challenge current issues of environmental and sustainable practices. This year we celebrate the exhibition’s sixth anniversary, so we thought we’d take a look back at our favourite installations throughout the years.
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In 2015, Deena Delzotto and Rachel Kimel of Bowery Project brought their Wild Crate Farm to life at the Gladstone. This installation posed questions about urban farming, and how to increase sustainability in the spaces provided for city residents.
Speaking to the rapidly decreasing population of monarch butterflies, artists and environmental activists Jode Roberts and Amy Rogers created breathtaking displays throughout the hotel. The artists provided a sense of wonder while simultaneously addressing their concern regarding of the disappearance of the monarch butterfly.
Grow Op 2016’s theme of “Chasing Curiosity” allowed for artists to experiment with the idea of sustainability of nature within an urban setting. DBG Studio’s installation Loop explored how to create a self-sustaining gardening system beyond traditional methods. Their piece was made entirely of recycled materials.
Daffodils took over the front entrance of the hotel, allowing onlookers to revel in the question raised by the artists: is it not best, at times, to see the world from upside down? The Toronto Flower Market brought together this beautiful display, Persephone, in hopes of highlighting the intricacies of spring flowers blooming.
Last year’s Grow Op brought in many immersive and contemporary installations that asked visitors to question their own role in the ever-increasing issues regarding the environment and sustainable practices. One piece that stood out was Mille Aliments, by artists Rekha Ramachandran and Rachael Grice. The tapestries, handmade of dried fruits and vegetables, were created in order to question the persistent issue of food waste.