4 WALLS / ARCHIVE

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall

 

4 Walls/Archive utilized the existing terrain of the concrete plaza of Nathan Phillips Square to mount a site specific installation addressing the artifactual connection between citizen and city.

As passersby watched, one of the Square's concrete slabs was excavated, confirming the authors' hypothesis about the existence of a vast archive of personal histories laying beneath the surface of the plaza.

As this spectacle was enacted, 4 welded steel archives were revealed to contain the artifacts of the life of the urban dweller, located in a subterranean quadrant, relating anecdotes of the personal, the official, the social, and the physical.