PUBLIC EVENT. 12 HOURS (2011)
On 1st October Forsyth & Pollard presented Soon, a monumental new installation in Commerce Court, a public square in Toronto’s financial district. The project was curated by Nicholas Brown for Nuit Blanche and commissioned by the City of Toronto. Featuring an original score by Scanner, Soon was also Forsyth & Pollard’s fifth collaboration with Arup. The team of Raj Patel, Ryan Biziorek, Brian Stacy and Star Davis provided acoustics, sound systems and lighting consulting, design and engineering expertise, to realize the vision for the piece defined by the artists.
Soon is a materialisation, an extended break between before and after. From dusk until dawn an inexplicable encounter unfolds. Something is about to happen.
The Toronto blog BlogTO described Soon as “…the art installation equivalent of a movie like Cloverfield. It’s all build up and no payoff. Except with Soon, that’s the whole point — and it’s awesome. Inside the square at Commerce Court, spotlights swirl while the sounds of grumbling earth and helicopters fly by. Smoke rises from the ground and everyone is standing looking for the impending event, looking and looking and looking. It never comes, but most are still satisfied by the spectacle of it all.”
Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s playful overnight celebration of contemporary art, that took over the streets from sunset at 6:59 pm on Saturday 1 October 2011 to sunrise. Under the direction of three curators, 45 temporary public art projects by local, national and international artists were commissioned within three outdoor exhibition zones.
“Through their spectacular manipulation of the space, Forsyth and Pollard’s work created an unworldly environment that was nonetheless eerily familiar: a kind of visual speculative fiction about the future of public space.” Esse magazine, Montreal