In Fall 2020 Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) and Giaimo revealed a new temporary public art installation, Brighter Days Ahead, at The Oculus Pavilion in Toronto as part of a revitalization initiative.
▼项目外观，general view © doublespace photography
Designed by Toronto architecture firm Giaimo, and sponsored by Creative Silhouettes Inc., Brighter Days Ahead is made of radiating yellow stripes that represent sun rays shining through the pavilion and also reference the vibrant future planned for this derelict modernist structure. Located in the City of Toronto’s South Humber Park along the Humber River Recreational Trail, the art installation will be up for the next few months until the restoration of the pavilion takes place in 2021.
▼放射状的黄色条纹，象征阳光照射着下方的凉亭空间，the radiating yellow stripes represent sun rays shining through the pavilion © Giaimo
2019年夏季，Oculus振兴项目被选为公共空间孵化器资助计划（PSI）中的五个项目之一，并由Balsam基金会和规划公司Ken and Eti Greenberg共同提供资金。PSI计划旨在鼓励和支持下一代创意公共空间的建设，ACO和Giaimo希望借此机会将Oculus Pavilion改造为一个温馨的社区集会空间，使其在保持既有现代主义外观的同时得到修复和清洁，同时置入新的、灵活且与环境相适宜的户外家具。
In Summer 2019, The Oculus Revitalization project led by ACO and Giaimo was announced as one of five projects selected for Park People’s Public Space Incubator Grant (PSI), funded by the Balsam Foundation and Ken and Eti Greenberg. The PSI program aims to encourage and support the next generation of creative public space projects by providing access to funding and professional networks. ACO and Giaimo are using the grant to transform The Oculus into a welcoming community gathering place along the trail by restoring and cleaning the existing pavilion as per its original modernist appearance, and also implementing new flexible and contextual outdoor furniture.
▼凉亭近景，close view to the pavilion © Giaimo
The revitalization project also includes a series of engaging and educational programming and public art to provide the community with ongoing occasions to visit the site, explore the space, and learn about Toronto’s built heritage. Given the sculptural quality of the structure, the pavilion has unique acoustic qualities that create an outdoor echo effect when one enters the centre of the space, and as such there is exciting potential for music and performances to occur within the space.
▼亭子里的音乐表演，music performance in the pavilion © doublespace photography