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Installation Date: May 31, 2017
Curated by Heather McLeese
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SSSpun is to be installed offsite at Queen’s Park across from the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in late spring of 2017.

Part of the TOM’s Canadian Spirit 2012-2017 Offsite Public Art Program

A tree is planted within a city park. Not all that unusual; however, this tree performs outside of our assumptions as it suddenly begins to spin in one direction or the other. The tree has been planted into a large rotating mechanism hidden beneath the tufts of green grasses. The choreographed pirouettes are periodically put to rest as the tree takes a stationary pause as if to hide amidst its more entrenched kin. SSSpun delicately weaves in and out of our familiar understanding of the world, leaving us with the challenge of rectifying the tension between perception and preconception. By placing this installation in an unexpected location, the visual language of public art is extended beyond the confines of traditional public spaces — adding new layers of wonder and interpretation to both work and site. SSSpun greatly exaggerates the very nature of trees, extraordinary perennial plants which grow abundantly in the Grey and Bruce. This subtle rotating movement entices viewers to look more closely at their surroundings and to notice and appreciate the essential purpose and function of an everyday tree.

Kind acknowledgements to Westside Nurseries & Greenhouses for donation of linden tree for this project.

Artist’s Biography

Robert Hengeveld is an installation and multi-media artist whose work explores the boundaries between reality and fiction, and where we find ourselves within that relationship. He is currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. He completed his MFA at the University of Victoria in 2005. He recently ended his position as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Science. His work has been exhibited within Canada and internationally and is held in various public collections. Recent exhibitions include Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo US), Art Gallery of Guelph (Guelph CA), Art Athina (Athens, GC), EyeLevel Gallery (Halifax CA), and Mulherin Pollard Projects (NYC, US), and Opinion Makers (London UK). Robert Hengeveld is represented by Mulherin Toronto + New York.

To see more of the artists work, visit his website:

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