In an effort to engage students and enhance the exterior of Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI), STEPS was asked to collaborate on one of several school-based public art projects with archiTEXT, Eventscape, and 67 LCI Students on a Lakeshore Arts initiated a public space project.

STEPS recruited and worked with artist Ryan Ringer and designer Carla Weinberg in developing workshops based around the theme of public space for 3 classes (Geography, Sculpture and ESL), providing students with an awareness and understanding of how public space can be activated in a positive way, and how they might improve the space around the school and their connectedness to the community.

In the second phase of the project information and ideas generated by the students in the first phase was provided to the Grade 12 Cyber Arts class, who were challenged to translate these ideas into a design for a sculptural installation. Led by Sonja Millermaier of archiTEXT, students learned about real-world design considerations while collaboratively designing dynamic sculptural seating that provides the students and larger community with an enhanced public space. The Cyber Arts students also had the opportunity to visit Eventscape’s fabrication facility in Etobicoke, which provided inspiration for their design and an opportunity to learn about career options. Eventscape, a custom architectural fabricator, will fabricate the final design and the sculpture will be installed outside the school by the TDSB in May 2014.

This project was funded by the Ministry of Education, and was profiled in their UPHS newsletter in May 2012.