10 for 10th - Memory Lane curated by Che Kothari

Shoes That Line The Lane (Project Study), 2015

Suitable for all ages

Project Co-Producer: Bata Shoe Museum

Shoes That Line The Lane, 2015

Cyril Williams - Toronto, Canada

Interactive Installation

This project focuses on the rite, ritual and tradition of hanging shoes off wires in public spaces to honour personal memories and the lives of those who have had an impact on us.

This has been a very important ritual in the artist's life over the years. The installation takes this usually anonymous rite and transforms it into a very public affair. Installed outside the Bata Shoe Museum, the public is encouraged to be a part of the creative process by donating and hanging shoes that celebrate an important memory or person. Messages can be placed directly onto the soles of the shoes, which must have laces, so they can be hung.

Over the course of the evening, a collection of multiple memories to consider or add to are created as you pass beneath.

Is there is a set of shoes in your life that reminds you of a personal memory or a specific person or perhaps a special time in your life?

Cyril Williams is a Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. His dream-like approach to his creative work is inspiring and quite often visually breathtaking. Cyril has exhibited locally and around the globe as a painter, sculptor and an installation artist for a number of years. This summer he exhibited at the 56th Annual La Biennale di Venizia.


Bata Shoe Museum

327 Bloor Street West (Accessible from St. George Street)

This project is outdoors.