Luminosity lighting up Beach neighbourhood

Outdoor exhibit designed to uplift community after difficult COVID-19 winter

'Headlights' six manequins with lamp heads at Luminosity
Running from March 13 to April 11, Luminosity features eight light art installations along Queen St. East between Coxwell Avenue and the Neville Park Loop. Erin Horrocks-Pope/Toronto Observer

Local businesses and artists are bringing light back into the Beach community following a difficult and dark COVID-19 winter.

Luminosity, a new and illuminating COVID-safe outdoor art exhibition, has been brought to Queen Street East by the Beach Village BIA, partnered with public installation artists.

“This has been a very difficult time for everyone,” BIA chair Marg Gillespie said in a recent release. “Art and light have a way of making people look at things differently, and our hope is that this exhibition will bring optimism and joy to those who see them.”

Luminosity features eight diverse light installations placed between Kingston Road and the Neville Park streetcar loop to encourage visitors to explore the neighbourhood in a physically distanced way.

To lift the spirits through art is especially meaningful when those spirits are your closest friends, family, and neighbours.

Opus Art Projects

The displays are to be featured along Queen until April 11 with ongoing support from the artists and BIA to keep the exhibits well-maintained.

’88 Keys Of Light’ by Kristyn Watterworth & Edward Platero

At Queen and Kingston, “88 Keys of Light” is an interactive visual and musical experience. The user-oriented piece is a Luminosity favourite and the sixth collaboration between artists Kristyn Watterworth and Edward Platero.

“88 Keys Of Light” at Kingston Road and Queen St. East is an interactive art installation that plays tunes at the press of a button. ERIN HORROCKS-POPE/TORONTO OBSERVER

‘Chee-Win’ by Jungle Ling

Made from recycled materials sourced from demolished Toronto buildings, “Chee-Win” stands nearly six feet tall at the corner of Queen and Winners Circle. Independent artist Jungle Ling often incorporates discarded elements from buildings or nature into his art.

‘Headlights’ by Collective Memory

Showcased in front of Kew Beach Public School, this unique Luminosity display was created from a collection of thrifted and donated materials. Collective Memory is a design and public art group founded by artists Robert McKaye and Stoyan Barakov. This installation has quickly become a favourite for the community with a significant presence on social media.

"Headlights" art installation at Luminosity.
Installed outside Kew Beach P.S., “Headlights” is primarily comprised of recycled materials. ERIN HORROCKS-POPE/TORONTO OBSERVER

‘Sugar Mountain’ by Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky

Outside the Toronto Public Library-Beaches Branch, this delectably delicious display is a sweet treat for all who walk by. These bright, but sadly inedible, cake and pastry installations were produced by the artistic duo Weppler Mahovsky.

‘Light Tree’ by Opus Art Projects

Flowing strands of colour-changing LEDs hang from the branches of a tree outside Tori’s Bakeshop at 2188 Queen St. East. This installation was designed by Beach residents Laura Wood and Dawn Tyrell, the artists who make up Opus Art Projects. Both Wood and Tyrell were pleased to participate in Luminosity so close to home, sharing a statement on the Beach BIA website which reads “to lift the spirits through art is especially meaningful when those spirits are your closest friends, family, and neighbours.”

"Light Tree" art installation at Luminosity.
Designed by Beach residents Laura Wood and Dawn Tyrrell, “Light Tree” is on display at 2188 Queen St. East. ERIN HORROCKS-POPE/TORONTO OBSERVER

‘Beacon Silo’ by Chris Foster

Artist Chris Foster pulled inspiration from the iconic silos of southern Ontario, crossed with a disco ball and lighthouse to create “Beacon Silo,” now on display at the Balsam Avenue intersection. Foster has brought other silos to outdoor displays, including “Icicle Silo,” which was on display at Ontario Place’s Winter Light exhibition three years ago.

‘Out From Under The Shadows’ by Bryan Faubert

The largest display of Luminosity, “Out From Under The Shadows,” spans roughly 80 by 20 feet against 2266 Queen St. East. Artist Bryan Faubert uses light to project shadow murals through intricately carved metallic sheets, creating larger-than-life designs and images for visitors to enjoy.

"Out From Under the Shadows" art installation at Luminosity.
“Out From Under The Shadows” artist Bryan Faubert uses light to project large shadow images against the exterior of Beach Valu-Mart. ERIN HORROCKS-POPE/TORONTO OBSERVER

‘Share The Love’ by Thelia Sanders Shelton

Made from driftwood, this sculpture is the final stop on the Luminosity 2021 tour. Prominently displayed at the Neville Park Loop, this wooden figure with its big red heart is a reminder to “Share the Love” through these hard times. Thelia Sanders Shelton is the artist behind Toronto-based Shore Land Arts and well known for the Toronto Driftwood Sign and El Corazon.

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Posted: Mar 22 2021 11:39 am
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