TORONTO, July 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Join the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Hart House, and the Pan Am Path Art Relay for a two-day festival and the unveiling of Fairgrounds: Playing with the World, a kinetic art installation celebrating the diversity and inclusivity of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
The four-foot sculpture is comprised of four wooden pinwheels that tell the story of the life cycle when set in motion by passers-by. The artwork recognizes the relationship between community, play, and accessibility, evoking the communal nature of the outdoors, while removing environmental barriers that impede social inclusion and participation.
While the artwork itself is affecting, what's more impressive is that it was created by three young female students at the University of Toronto. Architecture student Vineetha Sivathasan, visual arts student Zee Bolad, and recent graduate Zarish Asif collaborated on the sculpture after entering a competition to design an installation along Toronto's new Pan Am Path. When Silvathasan's design won, the three agreed to work collaboratively to create the piece, which will be on display in the ravine area of UTSC until October 2015.
The sculpture will be unveiled as part of a festival that is the 12th and penultimate stop on the Pan Am Path Art Relay. It also coincides with the opening of the Parapan Am Games. The two-day event will offer free food including free ice cream, courtesy of Toronto Pearson, family-friendly activities such as special musical performances, Indigenous storytelling, discovery walks, neighbourhood games, a movement break and warm-up by the MoveU Crew, and bike tour by former Olympian and UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd. Bike Chain, a not-for-profit cycling organization, will also be on-hand to provide free tune-ups for attending riders. Bikes will also be available on a first come, first served basis for those who don't have their own, and a community shuttle bus will be available for passengers travelling from UTSC to the installation site. See harthouse.ca/pan-am-path for more information, including directions to the festival.
ABOUT Hart House:
Hart House is the University of Toronto's co-curricular centre, welcoming the student body and broader community to explore cultural, intellectual and recreational activities. Greatness goes beyond expectation at U of T Scarborough, where diversity fuels innovation. Ideas don't stop at the borders of this beautiful campus full of energy, culture and facilities, including the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
BACKGROUND: About The Pan Am Path & Art Relay
The vision of the Pan Am Path is to combine the power of art and sport to create a living path across Toronto. From May 16 to August 15, 2015, the Pan Am Path will come alive with a city-wide Art Relay of installations and events. Each week, the festival travels across Toronto celebrating some of the city's greatest assets: diversity, nature, arts and active outdoor living.
The Pan Am Path was started by a group of Toronto artists and city-builders in collaboration with the City of Toronto. On July 18, 2013, Toronto City Council endorsed the Pan Am Path as a Host City Showcase Program of the Games. The Pan Am Path is an 80-kilometre continuous trail for walking, running, cycling and wheeling that connects the city from east to west. Legacy construction to improve and create new connections along the Pan Am Path will continue through 2017.
The Pan Am Path App is a wayfinding mobile app that matches your geographic location on the Path to music that is rooted within that community via 4 local music-streaming stations. Other Features include: a full map of the path, directions to nearby local businesses and a calendar of Pan Am Path Art Relay programming.
Friends of the Pan Am Path is the main organizer of the Pan Am Path Art Relay, motivated by the chance to celebrate the best of the region: art, nature and diversity -- while also creating a meaningful legacy of the 2015 Games for residents.
The Pan Am Path Art Relay is proudly supported by the City of Toronto, Toronto Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Toronto Star, Toronto Arts Council, Trans Canada Trail, Canadian Heritage, Toronto Pearson, United Way Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Laidlaw Foundation, Lotus Leaf, & Westbury National.
For the full Pan Am Art Relay event calendar map, app and participating organizations, please visit: http://www.panampath.org.
NEXT-UP IN THE RELAY: August 15- Maadaadizi / Summer Journeys - Rouge Beach
See the grand finale of the Pan Am Path Art Relay at the start of the First Nations Trail. At Maadaadizi ("begin a journey," in Ojibwe) get inspired by contemporary Indigenous art. Programming includes daytime family activities and a sunset performance by Jason Baerg, Erin Fortier, J-S Gauthier, Michael Red, Santee Smith and Tanya Tagaq.
SOURCE Friends of the Pan Am Path
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