• Michael

The Perils of Procrastination

It has been over a year since my last post and admittedly I did try and publish a post on exactly the 1-year mark, but that didn’t work out. Seems as although I constantly take photos while travelling within the city, I rarely get around to writing a post about those photos, as can be evidenced by the frequency of my posts.

Perhaps less of an individual “landmark” article, but over the last year, I have come to realize that certain things do change as they relate to sculpture, architecture, and art in general, in the Ottawa area. Buildings can become damaged or fall into disrepair and art installations can up and disappear without a trace. Change is constant, which can be an issue when you fail to post frequently. This seems to be the case as it relates to the following art installations, which I have been told are no longer present in the downtown Ottawa area.

Zoom! V2 by Randall Anderson is one such work, that was previously displayed along the walking path along St Patrick Street just before the Alexandra Bridge. A small metal sign that appeared near the installation described it as:

Symbolizes the point of impact when a body collides with the unknown. The sculptures shell, like an empty vessel, invites the viewer to occupy the opposite side of the dynamic movement, to become a part of the work, or body, as it faces the implied impact.


Solitary by Diane Landry in collaboration with Francis Labissonniere, appeared in the Byward Market in the Jeanne D’arc Court and was accessible through a walkway off York Street. From what I can recall, you could walk directly through the structure on your way through Jeanne D’arc Court.

The plaque adjacent to the structure described it as:

Like a steeple without its building, the sculpture burst out of the ground like a rocket ready to launch. It evokes our mixed origins. The covering is reminiscent of a shelter or tent. Solitary surprises viewers by its presence in the narrow passage and its platform inviting us to enter this space to experience the heavenly atmosphere of the spire.


Tipping Point by Jose Luis Torres also appeared in the Byward Market behind the Ottawa School of Art building and could be viewed in a seating area near Planet Coffee. A plaque near the work described it as:

In a playful manner and with a touch of irony, Tipping Point gathers an impressive number of colored objects from familiar surroundings and immediately overwhelms the visitor with notions of explosive growth and excess. This muti-form piece questions the disposability of items and our sometimes excessive tendency to consume and accumulate.

The day I visited this piece I sat in the courtyard and had an espresso from Planet Coffee and was discussing the piece with family when a golden retriever seated nearby got spooked and took off running with its leash wrapped around a chair. It caused an incredible commotion and I can still remember the noise caused by the metal chair striking the ground and being dragged across the largely packed courtyard. Whenever I think of this piece, I remember the experience and the people who were there with me that morning. It remains one of my favourite pieces due to the vibrant colours and wide assortment of largely plastic outdoor type products. After seeing it, I’m often left mindful of the amount of waste we as humans create.