People, Power, & the Park Exhibition: a celebration of history

The Department of Architectural Science at Toronto Metropolitan University in conjunction with the Office of Social Innovation and Imagine the Park present People, Power, & the Park.

The exhibition reflects the many roles Allan Gardens has played over the past 125 years, as a village commons, a city park, a speaker’s corner, a community centre without walls, and more.

Long before it was designated as private property and then a city park, this was a place of great significance to Indigenous communities who have lived, gathered and held ceremonies here for millennia and continue to do so.

The exhibition features installations from the four day festival in Allan Gardens which took place Sept 22 – 25, as well as original work from Indigenous Artist in Residence Michel Dumont.

Michel is a two-spirited Métis artist who enjoys breathing new life into discarded vintage tiles by making mosaic pieces. He is a self-taught artist and occasional teacher whose mediums include fibre arts, ceramics and unconventional materials for wearable art.

Working with shattered mirrored tiles is symbolic of Michel’s daily dealings with a shattered back and decades of PTSD, driving him to turn these struggles into something beautiful. As a son of an Indian Day School survivor, Michel also aims to honour his culture through his work. Paul H. Cocker Gallery is grateful to have Michel’s voice be a part of this project.

The exhibition will be on display from 9AM – 5PM seven days a week until October 27th at the Paul H. Cocker Gallery.