Jenny-Anne McCowan and Thom Sokoloski have set up their outdoor art in New York and Ottawa before, but this version of their Encampment is on sacred ground. The 200 tents that form the exhibit are rising in downtown Toronto’s Fort York, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. (Above: a previous exhibition, 2006)
For Luminato, launching June 8, Thomas+Guinevere’s tents are pitched at a historic site in the war waged by British, Canadian and First Nations troops against invading Americans. Many soldiers are buried at Fort York.
Open evenings, with the tents lit up, the installation features artists, history buffs, architects and others overseeing interactive exhibits that tell bits of history, in this case with a focus on the civilian history of the War of 1812. A good two-minute video is here. Below: previous encampments in Ottawa (2008) and New York City (2007).
Thomas+Guinevere’s website, here.
Luminato Festival website, here.