Suitable for all ages
John Notten - Toronto, Canada
Transforming the simple poetry of nature into a contrived, virtual experience, this kinetic canoe-sculpture navigates a street in the city.
The night time urban landscape of Toronto makes an unlikely location for a canoe trip. And yet, Up the Creek presents a vessel that strangely floats across the city’s concrete rivers on a 12-hour voyage. The canoe seems suspended in a pool of glowing water that gently rises and falls; an ongoing wave generated by the power of this craft’s forward movement.
Up the Creek offers the city-dweller a rare opportunity to experience the nostalgia of a quintessential Canadian activity; the wilderness camping adventure.
John Notten is a Toronto artist and educator whose art immerses the viewer in participatory environments created through repurposed materials.
Front Street West & Simcoe Street (Directly east of the CBC Building on the north side of Front Street across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.)
This project is outdoors.