There’s something eerie happing at Fort York: rows of white tents, each one facing east and gently glowing from within, have taken over the green expanse of the main lawn. The haunting sight of hundreds of neatly arranged canvas shelters will be familiar to Nuit Blanche fans; this is The Encampment, a touring installation established by artists Thom Sokoloski and Jenny-Anne McCowan, running for the next week as part of Luminato 2012.
Inside each tent, members of the community have designed an interior that represents the life of a real person - American and Canadian - alive during the War of 1812 using sculpture, collage, anything they choose. “[The artists are] architects, artists, educators, firefighters, paramedics, housewives, historians,” says McCowan. “The call returned a really diverse group of people and the goal was to create really engaging installations within the tents.” [ continue reading … ]
The Encampment is at Fort York until June 24 as part of bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812.