Toronto Archives Research

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Since getting back from @proyectoace and @labverde I have been processing my experiences and writing proposals for new opportunities while finding time to be lazy. With the New Year I decided to start things off by moving forward with work based around the Etobicoke Creek which runs through the neighbourhood I live in, in the context of my “Nature: A Space of Flows” project.  For some time now I wanted to see what the Toronto Archives hold and I finally had time to dig through boxes, and there were around 40 of them in the archive. I found some really interesting information about just how much the area has changed and it gave me a few leads to follow up on like the 220 page collection of studies in relation to the Toronto ravines: 1977 to 2017. The images here show the area which is now Marie Curtis Park; 1st shows the damage after a 10 foot wall of water swept down through the ravine killing 7 people and destroying dozens of homes; 2nd image shows how originally there was a neighbourhood around the mouth of the creek; 3rd image shows how the area was repurposed as a park in the early 60’s having removed the houses and burring a landfill that was part of the area. Quite a fruitful search considering my interest in how change is embedded in landscape. 🙂 . . . . . . . . #archival #torontoarchives #mariecurtispark #research #artwork #newtoronto #etobicoke #torontoartist #polskiartysta #history #spaceofflows #naturalforce #urbandevelopment #conservation #parks #rivers #creeks #water

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