Promise in the Park is a multidisciplinary project that seeks to create permanent and public art in the Winchester Park area based upon on the local stories and traditions of the people living there. Through an immersive and evolving community engaged 4-year artistic process, we aimed to showcase, cross pollinate, and grow the unknown or unacknowledged cultural riches that are present in the neighbourhood, catalyze new social connections, and increase neighbourhood safety by revitalizing its public spaces and community life.
This 4-year process included phases of outreach, creative and community development, and resulted in 5 large permanent mosaic artworks (Hatch, Flightpath, Birds of a Feather, Cornerstone, and Fancy) and an outdoor theatrical production called
Drift Seeds: A poetic parody for people living in absurd times.
Here are some images from the past four years:
[Image description: A photograph of a sunny parkette with trees, grass, and a building. in the background is a park sign which reads “Winchester Park” and in the foreground sheets of paper with fingerpainted art hang on a clothesline]
[Image description: A large easel with poster paper sits in the middle of a rainy Toronto sidewalk. On the paper, in colourful marker that has run from the rain, reads, “Join us for Promise in the Park, today @ 2pm. Food, music, & special guests!”]
[Image description: A photograph of a person sitting at a busy wood-making workstation. The person, who is wearing safety goggles, is intent upon a flat wooden cutout of a flying bird. The person is placing white mosaic tiles along the edge of the bird]
[Image description: A photograph of two young children sitting at a busy workstation. There is a large cutout of a bird in front of them. One child is placing mosaic tiles on the bird while the other carefully holds a a glue dispenser]
[Image description: A photograph of two people, a girl and a woman, standing side-by-side. The girl is smiling and holds a cutout mosaic of a flying bid decorated with colourful mosaic tiles. The woman has her arm around the girl and is smiling proudly]
[Image description: A photograph of a brick wall with a mosaic on it and four children looking at it. The mosaic is a cutout scene of three baby robins in a nest being fed by a mother robin. Above the nest a flock of red, black, white, and yellow birds fly in a spiral swoop. The children are cheering as they look at the mosaic]
[Image description: A close up of a cut out mosaic of an owl mounted on a gate outdoors. The owl has its wings unfurled majestically and is decorated with white and brown mosaic tiles]
[Image description: A photograph of three cut-out bird mosaics mounted on a gate outdoors. The first mosaic is of a black and white bird in mid-flight. The second is of a wodpecker with a green body and red and white head perched upright. The third is of a sparrow hawk decorated in red, yellow, blue, and white]
[Image description: A photograph of a group of about fifteen people standing on the path of a Toronto parkette on a rainy day, listening and watching a person standing under the trees. Everyone is wearing raincoats and holding colourful umbrellas]
[Image description: A photograph of Tristan at a workstation wearing an apron and bending over poles of wood and stones]
[Image descritpion: A photograph of two young girls sorting through a big pile of stones. One girl holds a stone up for the other girl to see]
[Image description: An overhead photograph of a workstation with an unfinished wooden cut out of a mosaic in the shape of a bird. The wood is orange and has the design sketched out in marker and outlines of the white and green mosaic tiles have been placed on it]
[Image description: A photograph of a mosaic made entirely of found stones. The mosaic is of a flying bird depicted using small dark pebbles, against a background of large light stones. A hand is seen placing the last few stones]
[Image description: A photograph of an extreme close-up of a mosaic of large light stones and white mosaic tiles].
[Image description: A photograph of a white board with rectangle pieces of paper, with a word written on each of them, taped on it. The heading pink paper says “Wonder-Path”. Underneath it, in yellow, the other papers respectively read: Wonder-, path, passion, fall, craving, tasty, wheatgrass, different, then, blood, rippling, show, aqueducts, swoosh]
[Image description: A photograph of a series of cut-out mosaics of outlines flying bird figures, mounted on a gate. The different birds are all filled in with black mosaic tiles and are outlined in different primary colours]
[Image description: A photograph of the reverse side of a stitching hoop that is a pine tree stick curved into a hoop with a bunch of pine needles at one end, with birch bark stretched over it like fabric. The stitching is done in brown, blue, and orange]
[Image description: A photograph of a fabric book with a white square of fabric laid on a black page of fabric. The white square has a black drawing of a tree on a blue painted background. Above the book, a person’s hands are visible, threading a needle with orange thread and filling in the leaves on the trees with the thread]
[Image description: A photograph of a close-up of a bird embroidered onto white bark paper. The bird is sewn with black, blue, and white thread. A blue, white and black feather is attached to the bark with thread]