[56½” x 15″ x 1″]
Acrylic, millboard on MDF
Exhibited in the “Museum of the Represented City,” January 2012.
Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
Bathurst Circuit is a work that examines the unique urban structure of Toronto. It is slice of the city grid, rendered as sculptural relief. The straight line that runs up the centre of the piece represents Bathurst Street, from Queen’s Quay Boulevard at the bottom (southern) edge, and Steeles Avenue at the top (northern) edge. The boundary of the work is defined by a hypothetical route that a driver would take if one wanted to travel around this thoroughfare, while avoiding crossing it for its entire length. This route or ‘circuit’ is made along streets that are as close to Bathurst Street as possible.
This perverse experiment creates a document that highlights the unpredictable and sometimes chaotic nature of the Toronto urban fabric.