Beltline Creative Wayfinding
Toronto’s York Beltline Trail weaves together the communities of Briar Hill, Belgravia, the Fairbanks, but the trail and adjoining Walter Saunders Park are hidden and somewhat disconnected from the neighbouring Dufferin corridor.
As a creative response to this wayfinding challenge, STEPS has built on our past work and strategic partnerships in the area to design functional public art work that draws inspiration from the area’s rich railway and textile histories, both of which were identified as important to the surrounding community.
The construction of the work incorporates posts that mirror railroad ties adorned with patterns informed by traditional weaving patterns that incorporate graphic patterns visible in different colours from all directions.
This installation ties in with a larger body of work that STEPS has facilitated in partnership with artists Bareket Kezwer, PA System and Kate Austin, with the work itself being designed by Kezwer and Adrian Badaraco in collaboration with STEPS staff.
Without the support of the Toronto Arts Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation and the Office of City Councillor Josh Colle this project would not be possible.