Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid 

The Don at Dawn, The Humber at Dusk (Don River view, facing east)

Ernst & Young Tower 40th Floor

Transparent vinyl on window

2022 

Photo: Toni Hafkensheid

The Don at Dawn, The Humber at Dusk (Humber River view, facing west)

Ernst & Young Tower 40th Floor

Transparent vinyl on window

2022 

I was commissioned to produce a work on the 40th floor of Ernst & Young's Toronto tower. The floor is completely floor-to-ceiling windowed in all four cardinal directions, and, having done recent research in Toronto's Don Valley, I decided to to something that would reference the Don River to the east, and the Humber River to the west, two major waterways that create a natural barrier around the city's downtown. 

Both rivers had sections straightened by settlers for industrial usage. Using 19th century archival maps, I traced the outline of the rivers as they flowed before this channelization, and adhered that path to the windows of the 40th floor using transparent vinyl, thereby creating a conversation between two different colonial eras. As the sun rises and sets, its light travels past the contemporary Don & Humber rivers in the distance beneath the tower, then through the vinyl before it casts a shadow of each river's historic "ghost" into the building.