Monthly Archives: February 2009

Krzysztof Wodiczko-CARTS FOR THE HOMELESS

Krzysztof Wodiczko CARTS FOR THE HOMELESS

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cart-ostrophe and other such ideas…

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Francis Alys’ push carts

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Site Investigation continued

le-gite-du-parc-lafontaine3Park Lafontaine , this site  allows  to roll, and it allows  to stop, there are people,mostly families, runners and middle aged women during the day, they are not in a  hurry, it is  huge which could allow for some of us to disperse, perhaps have our own spot in the park, it is non- linear which allows  to follow an undetermined path. It is perhaps less of a  high “danger” intervention level than   downtown.  Here are some pictures…  cimg09182

Site Investigation

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Notes and considerations, walking by the Lachine Canal from Atwater to Wellington.

1 – The Atwater Market.

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On weekdays, it’s not very busy. For the most part, people are nice and have time to engage with others. Space-wise, the South end of it is interesting, there are pic nic tables where people rest and eat lunch. 

2 – The Atwater pedestrian bridge

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If we were to follow the bike path, we would have to cross the Canal and ride on the South shore between Atwater and Des Seigneurs, because of the Robin Hood factory which blocks the North side. It would open up the possibility of venturing into Pointes-St-Charles and reach a different demographic. There is also a place that rents pedalos… Just sayin’.

3 – Yuppie Park

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This park is very beautiful in the summer. I’m not 100% sure if it is public, but lots of people walk their dogs there and would most likely have time to interact with our works (many their dogs too!). But overall, the North side of the Canal, South of Notre-Dame, between Atwater and Georges-Vanier, is highly gentrified. It’s mostly condominiums and there aren’t many people outside on weekdays.

4 – The Des Seigneurs lock and pedestrian bridge

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This would be where we get back on the North shore of the Canal. There is a charming path that would be cart-friendly. Many people who take walks or ride their bikes would be likely to stop and look at our carts. If we were to follow a bike path, the one by the Canal might be our best bet since there is space on the sides for bikes to go around us (as opposed to Maisonneuve where we would be extremely annoying).

5 – Small wooden bridge

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Change in surface to be considered…

6 – Horse carriages headquarters

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Interesting… And they have a gigantic backyard full of old carriages and trailers of all sorts.

7 – Vast ‘terrain vague’

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This is a very interesting spot. It’s half parking lot and half lawn. Nice view of the city, not too busy, we could probably park our carts for some time.

8 – Very nice park

(that’s when the camera’s batteries died)

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There are a lot more interesting spaces and people east of Wellington. To be continued.

KIM ADAMS

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