Site-specific photographic installation: inkjet photos printed on polypropylene; wall materials
7' x 7' x 6'
Installation: Centre Culturel Calixa-Lavallée, Montréal, QC, 2009
Hollow is a site-specific installation about Parc Lafontaine in Montréal; it is situated in the cultural centre in the middle of the park. Parc Lafontaine used to be Logan Farm; it was a hold-out farm while the city developed around it. Eventually, though, the farm was sold to the City of Montréal, and when it was transformed into a park in the 1800s, the top four feet of soil were purportedly removed from the land. This striking piece of information - believable or not - is a powerful symbol for the loss of agricultural land and farm life, and it forms the basis for this quiet monument.
My installation uses photographic wallpaper installed in a constructed room, to replicate the experience of standing in a grave-like hole in the middle of the park. The hole is four feet deep, in direct reference to the lost land and farm.