I am sitting under an installation called Dawes Crossing by artist Noel Harding, typing this entry for you to read. The wifi connection is provided by solar panels and it works!
Continuing, from my home desktop computer …
Noel Harding died last year, but his work is well-known to drivers on the Don Valley Parkway. Elevated Wetlands is one of his. Here’s my photo from an earlier post.
Obviously, Dawes Crossing (below) has a lot less visual impact than Elevated Wetlands. Crossing is not a showpiece, it’s a modest people place.
Both serve their environments and use nature for power. That’s what they have in common. Wetlands filters rainwater clean, through roots of plants and shrubs, Crossing offers shelter and light (clear plexi roof panels) and sun-powered wifi.
Crossing gathers rainwater, too … probably for the plantings in the parkette. The tiny bit of electricity generated goes into the grid, contributing a small trickle of cash toward park maintenance.
The setting for Dawes Crossing is a rather unimpressive triangle of land formed by the junction of Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue. Car drivers passing probably don’t give it a glance, but if I lived in the neighbourhood, I’d be glad it was there.