“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
My intent on this day was to go to see an art installation by Carlos Amorales called “Black Cloud”, at The Power Plant on Queen’s Quay. The harbour has been one of my favourite places in Toronto since early childhood. It has changed greatly since those early days and has become a thriving hub of all things to do with Art, in all its forms. Many people are drawn to this place for many reasons. Some come to meet some of the local fowl as well as some winter visitors. Some come to skate (But not so much in this weather), some come to enjoy a moment of solitude and dream, perhaps as I did as a young boy, of setting sail out into an open sea. Some live in these ever encroaching glass towers in a city that continues to grow and expand. The installation by Carlos Amorales was quite intriguing. A collection of some 30,000 handmade black moths mounted throughout The Power Plant’s Clerestory. Each one an individual entity yet almost overwhelming as a mass.There is lots of art throughout this place, all free to view! I also had the chance to see a few pieces by Montreal artist, Patrick Bernatchez called “Unending Times”. The viewer picks from a selection of classic music to listen to on headphones while watching this loom endlessly spin these fibres. This piece called BW features a millennial watch whose second hand takes 1000 years to make a full rotation and this faceless horse and rider on a blank background. There is a lot of art to be seen here, all free! Not all the art is indoors though and if you take the time to wander and observe it makes itself evident right in front of our noses. As I left I imagined this swan saying” Hey guys I just don’t feel like I belong!” The harbour is truly one of those places where art and life meet! Enjoy Toronto!