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Ryerson students create window display for the Bata Shoe Museum’s 20th anniversary


May 21, 2015
by Canadian Architect

The Bata Shoe Museum recently unveiled a 20th anniversary window installation created by a group of students from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science and School of Interior Design. Composed of rods of different length, the installation appears like an abstract composition close up. From a distance, the rods resolve into images of moving feet, wearing shoes of different heights.

“The installation serves as a symbolic representation of the shoes we wear on our feet,” says the design team. Designed, fabricated and installed by the students, the wall plays with depth, flow and light to invoke a sense of movement that is both tangible and intangible. “It seeks to serve both form and function, much like the shoes that we wear every day,” they add.

In the evening, the display uses coloured lights to create an unexpected abstraction. Shoe forms are transformed from the physical into the ethereal. “The interplay of depth, shadow and the individual physical components symbolically represent the immense volume of priceless history contained within the Museum’s outstanding collection,” explains the team.

The installation is part of a Bata Shoe Museum initiative to open its doors to contemporary artists on a local, national and international scale for its 20th anniversary. During its birthday year, the Museum will be displaying a series of atrium installations including works by Toronto artist Jim Hake and Parisian artist Pascale Peyret created specifically for its space. From June 3-6, 2015 it will be hosting contemporary performance works by Anandam Dancetheatre.

Museum founder Sonja Bata was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RAIC.




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