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Beyond Concrete brings together artists, architects, botanists, and neighbours to explore the nature of the Gardiner Expressway.
BEYOND CONCRETE

May 14, 2023

Beyond Concrete brought together artists, architects, botanists, and neighbours to explore the nature of the Gardiner Expressway. Discovered a uniquely urban ecosystem – where human-made infrastructure intertwines with resilient flora and fauna – at a summer of free artworks, events, and celebrations.

Young woman wearing purple yoga top and shorts sitting cross-legged on the floor. She is holding two tuning instruments with three glass bowls in front of her.
Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: June

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: July

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: August

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

Dancers in plastic bottle costumes dancing under the Gardiner
Beyond Concrete Opening Night Party

Celebrate the launch of Beyond Concrete, and the start of summer, with a party on the Skate Trail. Featuring an energetic performance by the Aliens of Manila! Experience the art while you mix, mingle, and dance!

The Benchway

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Bentway Public Space Fellow Ella Hough’s Benchway public furniture project starts a conversation about the waste produced by the private construction industry, its impact on our city, and the potential for a circular economy approach instead.

A collection of wooden seats made of wooden frames and birdhouses with steel and rock bases.
Multispecies Lounge

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At The Bentway Studio facing Canoe Landing Park, a new set of public furniture invites interspecies-encounters with urban wildlife. Through UV-painted details, the piece offers glimpses of how birds and insects see beyond the human eye and offers a more-than-human lens through which to experience the urban ecosystem.

Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: September

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

Film image of abstract blue forms displayed on large wooden frame on a grassy patch underneath the Gardiner highway.
Groundcover

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Photographer Genesis Báez co-creates with the soil and stormwater below the Gardiner, burying film underground beneath the highway to absorb the surrounding landscape. Developing and displaying the images at large-scale reveals the reciprocal nature of the Expressway and its ecology. Co-presented with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Two library carts with reading materials are outside on a patio. There is an A-frame sign next to them with the text "Eco Library Pop-up".
Eco-Library Pop-up

Thursdays-Saturdays until Sep 18,

A pop-up library at The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd), facing Canoe Landing Park, offers reading materials and activities for the whole family – curated with the Toronto Public Library Fort York branch, Art Metropole, and other collaborators.

4 video screens are displayed inside a black ship container.
Lichen

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Remarkable, powerful, and resilient, “lichen” are ancient and diverse life forms, both an individual and a community. Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson re-imagines her acclaimed short film as a multi-media installation and invites us to learn from lichen about being in relation to our environment and one another.

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