Suitable for all ages
Harp by Sanya Eng
Thank you to Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. and The Friends of Fort York
LeuWebb Projects - Toronto, Canada
Jeff Lee - Toronto, Canada
Omar Khan - Toronto, Canada
Located at a high point on the original shore of Lake Ontario, Fort York was sited advantageously to defend the town of York from southern invasions. Over time, the fort has stood its ground as the lake's edge was pushed further away. The site has also denied the expansion of railways and expressways, even the recent mushrooming of condominium towers. Situated in this context of protection and resistance is Melting Point, a sound and light based installation.
Melting Point stocks Fort York's two south-facing cannons with an artillery of glowing good feelings, pouring forth continuously in the form of sparkling tributaries of light from the mouths of the old weapons. Accompanied by the immersive sounds of rolling waves and trilling harps, the work lays a defense against the swirling market forces beyond, countering hard with soft and dark with light.
The work reflects on the drivers, both cultural and natural, that have shaped the site, adapting this reflection to the unique civic experience that is Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Melting Point helps create a safe space within the fort's boundaries from dusk until dawn, allowing for an experience of the surrounding works that is protected from outside interference and machinations.
LeuWebb Projects is a collaborative venue for creative explorations. With a mandate to cross disciplines and media, artist/architects Christine Leu and Alan Webb seek to engage people with both the tangible and the ephemeral through sound, light and space.
Jeff Lee is a molecular biologist and electronic musician who designs and builds esoteric electronic devices. Omar Khan used to make software used by millions of people but now makes objects that emotionally connect people to their physical and digital surroundings.
Fort York National Historic Site
100 Garrison Road (Best viewed from Fort York Boulevard, south of Fort York.)
This project is outdoors.