Street of Heaven, 2011
This piece of art was digitized and embroidered by Stitchy Lizard for artists Steele and Tomczak. We were very fortunate to have been chosen by Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak to work with them on this project.
Machine-embroidered banner, 76 in long x 15 in wide
The reality is still impressive. Stretching from the shores of Lake Ontario through the various "downtowns" and crossroads of the city of Toronto, through York region, Richmond Hill, Aurora, the Oak Ridges Moraine, traversing the Holland Marsh and ending, finally, in Barrie, Ontario. Yonge Street is, in fact, 58 km in length.
We have created an embroidered banner comprised of six 1' x 1' panels depicting the impressive topography of this landmark arterial road. The work is based on satellite images of the entire stretch of Yonge Street, showing the dense cityscape of the city proper (depicted through shades of blue/grey) giving way to countryside (depicted in shades of green), with the street itself embroidered
THE PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE
|About the Artists
Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, winners, 2005 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts
Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak have worked exclusively in collaboration since 1983, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works. They have received numerous grants and awards including the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art, a Toronto Arts Award and in 2005, a Governor General's Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. They were awarded an Honourary Doctorate by the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in 2009.
Major public art commissions include Love Squared, (2006) screened on the video board at Yonge & Dundas in Toronto and Watertable (2009), a light and sound installation that marks the original shoreline of Lake Ontario at the foot of historic Fort York.