Across the vast space of the new Globe and Mail Centre’s elegant lobby, two unoccupied chairs face each other; a record of a conversation concluded. As visitors walk down the length of the lobby, the actual difference in scale and location between the chairs is revealed: one is small, the other enormous. While this is metaphor for our differences from one another, it is also a poignant reminder that the way in which we inhabit architectural space inherently changes our experience of it. The change of scale also forces a confrontation between art, form, and function; between people and buildings, and public and private space. We are forcing a confrontation of the similarity between points of view and values, rather than the differences between them.
DesignTO; King East Design District
2 chairs: one 3ft high; one 12ft high
Public Art Installation
Concept, design & fabrication
The Globe and Mail has been one of Canada’s prominent voices for generations, front and centre in the battle to keep the chasm of polarizing politics from becoming uncrossable. This is the conversation we are all engaged in: trying to find common ground between our social, political, economic, spatial and geographic differences. Will we abandon it, or will we stay in the conversation?