Echo is a work that uses cast iron and cast aluminum plinths to reference the notions of a “soap box” and “speakers corner” in a way that democratizes heroism.

Echo is an act of social engagement within the public realm. Echo acts as a playful engagement and a point of activation that refers to the historical functions of public plazas. It offers an interactive stage that references the political soap-box and London’s Speakers Corner.

Echo consists of two scaled representations of a traditional monumental plinth, one in cast iron, and the other in cast aluminum, which are situated at a distance apart. Both plinths are installed with a mat sandblasted surface finish with the cast iron one rusting over the time of the event.

These two plinths offer the public a place to stand, pose, and/or speak of their issues or their hopes and dreams. This work is a chance for the community to express themselves in a formal outdoor setting and to speak to their future as a subjective act.

Echo speaks to the notions of anti-hero and offers the community a chance to engage and participate with the contemporary social realities of today.

“If we think of space as that which allows movement, then place is pause; each pause in movement makes it possible for a location to be transformed into place.” – Yi-Fu Tuan, Space and Place: the perspective of experience, 1977, University of Minnesota Press

Artist: kipjones

BIO: kipjones is an active and experienced public artist, sculptor and instructor living in Toronto. Over the past two decades he has created public and studio-based work that have addressed various issues of the critical and conceptual discourse of contemporary three-dimensionality. More specifically, he believes that contemporary sculpture is an open genre that speaks to “space” as a societal dimension, “gesture” as an action or event, and “time” as a response or reflection in a contemporary arrangement of content. Through his artistic research he addresses the complexity of space through immersive site-specific installations, public art, and object making. His permanent public art projects and ones co‐designed are installed at the Calgary International Airport, AB; Moncton City Hall, NB; Whistler, BC; Kelowna Public Library, BC; King’s Square, Charlottetown, PEI; and Markham Museum, ON.