Off to a flying start curated by Ami Barak

Garden Tower in Toronto, 2013

Tadashi Kawamata - Hokkaido, Japan


Garden Tower in Toronto, 2013

Chairs contain memories, as if each person who sat on them left a piece of himself. This work evokes the Babel Tower myth: a humanity speaking with one voice and engaged in building a better future.

Tadashi Kawamata is represented by kamel mennour, Paris.

Extended Project: Revisit this project between October 6 – 14.

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Taking nothing for granted, Tadashi Kawamata engages us in a process that involves close consideration of the kinds of environments we make for ourselves, thereby raising questions of all-too-human need and desire. Kawamata’s gestures and materials, given the contexts within which they occur, are always smartly chosen.

Whether built up into fragile Babylonian constructions, tree huts, roof installations or stretched out to form a serpentine shape, his works offer another point of view – in every sense – over the place in which they are situated.

In its simultaneously unstable, universal and symbolic form, the stacked chairs, benches and garden furniture create an amphitheatre-shaped architecture that is intended to accommodate meetings and discussions. These inanimate objects contain memories, as if each person who sat on these chairs left a piece of himself blended into the worn-out fabric of canes, sometimes over generations, religions, and cultures.

The work evokes the beautiful and utopian aspects of the myth of the Babel Tower: a humanity speaking with one voice and engaged, with solidarity, in the building of a better future.

Suitable for all ages


Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East (At Church Street)

This project is outdoors.