TMU students lead design of Yonge Street installation

Inhale Exhale art installation designed by students from the Toronto Metropolitan University Department of Architectural Science (Photo credit: Jake Levy)

Students from the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) recently came together to design an art installation in a window of downtown Toronto’s Eaton Centre, facing Yonge Street.

This project was done in collaboration with Cadillac Fairview Eaton Centre and the Downtown Yonge BIA.

The installation, called Inhale Exhale, has been crafted to offer individuals traversing the city streets a serene pause for mindfulness. Its intention is to grant a momentary sanctuary away from the urban rush, affording people the chance to embrace the current instant and decelerate.

Inhale Exhale art installation designed by students from the Toronto Metropolitan University Department of Architectural Science (Photo credit: Jake Levy)

Comprising an arrangement of vertically swaying rods, the installation orchestrates a gradual undulation. This movement is meticulously synchronized with the optimal duration of a breath—5.5 seconds for inhalation and 5.5 seconds for exhalation. The chosen colour palette, featuring a cool blue denoting inhalation and a warm red signifying exhalation, vividly captures the essence of taking in and releasing a breath.

Within the rapid cadence of a city like Toronto, carving out time for meditation and detachment from the day’s tumult can prove daunting. The Inhale Exhale installation strives to bestow individuals with a chance to recalibrate as they navigate the urban landscape. Through a momentary pause and interaction with the installation, people can momentarily shield themselves from clamor and tension, embracing a fleeting interlude of tranquility and introspection before resuming their voyage.

Inhale Exhale art installation designed by students from the Toronto Metropolitan University Department of Architectural Science (Photo credit: Jake Levy)

“The intention of this installation is to create a visually captivating experience that catches the attention of passersby, drawing them into a state of mindfulness and encouraging a brief break from the demands of their daily lives. By incorporating the rhythm of breath and contrasting colours, Inhale Exhale seeks to offer a small oasis of calm in the midst of a bustling urban environment,” said Noah Spivak, a student from Toronto Metropolitan University’s Department of Architectural Science who led this installation.

“The students at the Department of Architecture at Toronto Metropolitan University are proud to bring this project to Yonge St. They have created this installation as a moment of peace through art and architecture and look forward to seeing the city interact with their design.”

The installation is on display now at 220 Yonge Street. It is free for all to enjoy and will be running 24/7 until October 2, 2023.


Design Team:

Project lead: Noah Spivak

Daniel FialaSabeeh MobasharMirette NasrMarko Jovanovic
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