A Collection of City Thoughts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hydro Hike

At around 12:30 am on the night of our Rouge Park Exhibition, John and I hailed a cab from the studio and high-tailed it out to some industrial wasteland in Scarborough. As we arrived, the cabbie turned to us and said, "You sure this is where you want me to drop you off? "Yep" we replied, and hopped off with our gear.

Shortly after, our guides, Gram & Alex, stumbled out of the darkness and lead us down a rubble pathway towards a blue-black horizon of hydro lines, and then deep into the thick of Scarberiean forest. Thirty minutes later we arrived at base camp to a perfect little fire along the Don River. This is where our Hydro Hike began.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. But I'll say this....Toronto is truly "a city within a park".  I once balked at those silly signs. But it's the truth. We walked from Scarborough to the busiest intersection in Toronto, Yonge & Bloor, and did it through fields, trails and forests. It was unreal.

Hydro Hike runs from November 5th-7th at Labspace Studio and features the work of 15 artists on their experience through Toronto's Hydro Fields.