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LUMINATO 10_TROVE: By Scott McFarland

June 10, 2016 - June 26, 2016

'Trove: A View of Toronto in 50 of its Treasures', photographed by artist and photographer Scott McFarland, presents secret treasured items that lie within the walls of museums, institutions, behind the doors of collectors and within this city that only few Torontonians know about to the public - for everyone to see, for everyone to proud of.

McFarland photographed the physical objects and works of art in their places of origin, mostly in front of a neutral background. Nothing had to move. He collaborated with the architects of the Toronto firm PARTISANS on a digital design of an art gallery inside the Hearn Generating Station. Then he placed the objects inside 3D renderings of the Hearn Jackman Gallery. In order to create a photo-realistic effect, Scott also took pictures inside the Hearn Generating Station and vistas from the Hearn that he incorporated into the 3D renderings. The final images are like shots of the exhibition of Toronto’s 50 treasures in a future, imagined Hearn Generating Station Gallery. Partisans design for "Trove" utilizes only a small portion of the Hearn, the upper level of the former turbine hall. In that very same space at the Hearn Generating Station, all 50 images are seen together. Past, present and potential future are fused together. The rest of the them are scattered throughout hundreds of locations within the city.

For more information on the two treasures that are currently gracing the front of our Queen West outpost:

Septentrionalium terrarum descriptio, First map of the North Pole, by Gerhard Mercator

The genius cartographer Gerardus or Gerhard Mercator (1512-1594) drew this map through calculations and factual descriptions without ever exploring the mysterious Arctic himself. Mercator studied geography, mathematics and astronomy, was a master engraver and calligrapher, and made scientific instruments. In 1569, Mercator established the Mercator projection, a technique that showed lines of constant compass headings as straight lines and was very useful for sea navigators. His maps were gathered in what he coined as an “atlas” for a collection of several maps, and the first time this word was used in this context. Shown in the three-part atlas Atlantis pars altera, published by Mercator’s son a year following his death, this is the very first complete mapping of the Arctic and it displays the discoveries of the Northwest and Northeast Passages made by Sir Hugh Willoughby in 1534, Willem Barentsz in 1596, and Martin Frobisher and John Davis between 1570 and 1580. The idea that all continents were surrounded by water was the root of the idea that four rivers divide the North Pole, which Mercator believed was an enormous magnetic rock that sucked all the water down like a whirlpool. The corners of the map show the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands and the fictitious Frisland. The map was gifted to the Toronto Public Library by George Weston, who in 1882 founded George Weston Limited, now the largest food and retail business in Canada.

1/2 pair of John Lennon’s Chelsea "Beatle" Boot, 1962

The “Beatle” boot is a modified Chelsea boot that was commissioned by John Lennon and Paul McCartney upon their return to England from Hamburg. They came up with their ideal look and asked Anello & Davide, a footwear company in Covent Garden that had been making theatrical and bespoke dance footwear since 1922, to create this stylish boot with a slight Cuban heel, elastic sides and a tight ankle. The Bata Shoe Museum owns one half of a pair of John Lennon's boots, included in their current exhibition “Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels.” The museum opened in 1995, and features a collection, begun by Sonja Bata in the 1940s, of over 13,000 artifacts spanning 4,500 years of history. The mission of the Bata Shoe Museum is to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humanity.



Luminato Festival is Toronto’s global multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, magic and more. In 2016, the Festival marks its 10th anniversary from June 10 to 26 with a free and ticketed program of local and international artists delivering adventurous art in adventurous places.