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Fold, crease, repeat.
Waterlution, in partnership with Greatness – The Great Lakes Project, invites paper folding enthusiasts of all abilities to contribute origami shapes to DEEP BLUE, a Great Art for Great Lakes community art project, on August 6 and 13 at the Ontario Science Centre.
DEEP BLUE, the winning Great Art for Great Lakes submission for Toronto, celebrates the beauty, ecology and majestic depths of Lake Ontario. Proposed by Toronto-based artist collective Labspace Studio in collaboration with 12-year-old Daniel Ranger, a Great Lakes Trust junior ambassador, this community-engaged art project will be on permanent display at the Ontario Science Centre upon completion.
Labspace Studio and Daniel Ranger will facilitate origami workshops from 2 – 5 p.m. on August 6 and 13 in Inventorium, the Ontario Science Centre’s new hands-on learning space. Workshop participants will contribute to DEEP BLUE by creating origami shapes – based on designs created by Daniel – that depict various Lake Ontario species. These origami workshops are included with general admission to the Science Centre.
About Labspace Studio
Labspace Studio is a Toronto-based artist collective and creative studio founded in 2007 by collaborators John Loerchner and Laura Mendes. Using the city as their laboratory and playground, John and Laura explore the intricate connections between people and places, often examining the dualism between natural and urban environments. Their projects are often participatory and site-driven, incorporating elements of installation, sculpture, multimedia and public-generated content. Their work has been presented in Canada and abroad in galleries, public parks, shopping malls, festivals, public transit, storefronts and city streets. For more information about Labspace Studio, please visit LabspaceStudio.ca.
About Daniel Ranger
Daniel loves to sail and swim and is a junior ambassador for Great Lakes Trust. He has a keen interest in environmental issues and has participated in several Ontario BioBlitzes, working alongside biologists to collect and catalogue species in the Humber River, Credit Valley and Don River watersheds. His first public art project, “SOS: Save Our Shells,” was an intervention on behalf of snails for Grow Op 2017 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. The installation, comprising more than 500 origami snails in mini ecosystems and snail crossings also crafted from paper, drew attention to what is beautiful, fragile and unseen in the urban wilderness. Daniel will be in Grade 7 in Fall 2017.