University of Toronto unveils Indigenous public art installation at Hart House: Windspeaker

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Eight Indigenous artists are behind a specially commissioned temporary art installation outside the University of Toronto’s Hart House, Windspeaker reports.

Called Tree Protection Zone, the installation features mural-sized works by Indigenous artists and their collaborators on tree-protection hoardings in the Hart House Commons. The works will focus on the preservation of life, water and kin – and how each is linked to the protection of trees.

The project is curated by Maria Hupfield, an assistant professor of Indigenous digital arts and performance at U of T Mississauga and member of the Wasauksing First Nation, and Mikinaak Migwans, an assistant professor in the department of art history in the Faculty of Arts & Science and a member of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation. In addition to Hart House, presenting partners include: the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President, Operations and Real Estate Partnerships, Indigenous Student Services and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

The temporary public art project is designed to set the stage for the Indigenous Landscape project, which is being created alongside the Landmark project on the St. George campus and is set to begin construction next year.

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