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Toronto Harbourfront

Marjan Verstappen

January 30, 2014 -

Essay by Exhibition Essay

January 10th- February 25th, 2014

Artists Involved:
Marjan Verstappen

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Before Toronto was a city, the dominant force over the landscape was water. Water ran to the lake, banking up soft shores of sand and silt. Padded with swamps and lagoons, the Don river shifted its course according to cycles of seasons and storms. Now we are the geological force that shapes the lake shore. The need for hard surfaces on which to walk and build has buried the water, and the landscape is shaped to control it. Now lake shore speaks of fluxes of trade and capital, the influence of bureaucracy. It is easy to see our landscape as static and permanent, but this video tells the story of Toronto Harbour, in all its shapes.