Picture This is one outcome of a series of youth-led engagement initiatives in the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park communities – areas plagued by litter and a lack of welcoming public gathering spaces, to identify opportunities for community projects.
This eco art project, facilitated by local designer Andrew Chiu has resulted a functional sculpture that makes use of salvaged material collected by local youth, as a means of raising awareness about environmental issues facing the community. The group had identified a lack of seating and shade in public spaces, and designed this work to offer both as a means of drawing people into the Park.
Since its installation, the community has taken ownership for the work, and can often be found using it as a meeting point or a venue for recreational and other activities.
This project was supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, ArtReach Toronto and the Kiwanis Foundation of Toronto, as well as partnerships with the TD Canada Trust, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Design by Nature, Diasporic Genius, Trashswag, North Arrow and the Toronto Tool Library.