Sep 15 - 25
Ben Watt-Meyer reflects on the constructed nature of Ontario Place in his installation, Rubble Pile. Building on the site’s history as a human-made island assembled from demolished walls and piles of displaced earth, Watt-Meyer’s installation conjures some of the forgotten traces that make up the site. Collected from Leslie Spit, the components of Rubble Pile are sorted by colour and type, exposing the life-cycles Toronto’s building materials have endured. The project addresses tensions between order and chaos, natural and artificial, and transformation and persistence that have shaped the city’s infrastructure and heritage since Ontario Place’s beginnings.
Ben Watt-Meyer is a Toronto based artist and landscape architect. He is co-founder of Urbanworm Design, an interdisciplinary collaborative that works between the fields of environmental art, landscape and architecture. His work strives to enable personal discoveries of our surrounding urban and suburban environments. It includes objects, mappings, installations and speculative landscapes that help us rethink our complex relationship to the physical systems that make our cities work. Ben holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and currently works at Public Work Office for Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in Toronto.