Site-specific viewing platforms (wood, waste pipe, fixings)
Observatories are temporary structures for detailed landscape viewing.
Built site-specifically to each location, the devices encourage passers-by to look through a set of waste pipe binoculars. By showing only small fractions of the landscape, the Observatories seek to re-contextualise the mundane, positioning it amongst the other sights in the area. Through their form and arbitrary collection of sights, the viewing platforms imitate touristic strategies used to showcase historical and picturesque locations and create new reference points between the observer and the surrounding environment.
Observatories have so far been realised in Montreal, Brooklyn, Helsinki, Mietoinen, Berlin, Rakvere and Espoo.
Observatory I was installed in downtown Montreal at Boulevard de Maisonneuve & Rue St-Urbain October-November 2012.
It was commissioned by Quartier Des Spectacles Partnership and Galerie Les Territoires Montreal and kindly supported by Frame Visual Arts Finland and Alfred Kordelin Foundation. Thank you: Atelier Clark, Philippe Caron Lefebvre.