The Line


Patricio Dávila, Dave Colangelo
Markham Museum, Toronto, Canada

A line, like the kind one might draw in the sand to indicate what side one is on, is one of the most basic elements of intent and organization with respect to our built environment. From the simplest lines come the various paths, boundaries and demarcations that have been inscribed, traversed, contested and defended. Together, our lines manage and direct the movement and flow of all manner of things. Borders, roads, fences, pipelines, green belts and flight paths are drawn and multiplied from map to territory and back again, representing our ideals, hopes, fears, and failures. As we continue to drift further afield, accumulating in certain spots and spreading out in others, we might begin to think about how and where we draw the line.

The Line is a two-part, site-specific installation that includes a 70-foot long snow fence set in a marsh and a 15-min outdoor projection on a 200-year-old barn, both on the site of the Markham Museum, a historical recreation of a pioneer village in the heart of one of North America's fastest growing suburbs.

Photos by Will Pemulis