Celebrate the holidays at the gateway to Toronto.
Inspired by Canadians’ appreciation for the outdoors, Union Station is bringing an outdoor winter landscape to the heart of Toronto. Union Holiday—Presented by TD is an outdoor winter installation that combines the joy of the Holiday season with the beauty of our natural, Canadian winter landscapes. We hope visitors will be transported to another world as they journey along a large, undulating sculptural wall that draws inspiration from naturally occurring ice forms and experience the magic of the holidays through our beautiful tree.
The first section of sculptural wall was inspired by icebergs and the cliffs of ice floes which are more monumental in terms of size and scale – focusing on larger features to mimic the sculptural mass of these formations.
The second section is a transitional zone between the cliffs and the waterfall. The more massive shapes in the cliff section break down into smaller pieces as you travel along the wall.
The central section is inspired by the Midland Ice Caves in New Brunswick where the waterfalls naturally freezes over a cave opening each year. The different layers play wonderfully with the light and providing an interesting feature piece on the wall.
The inspiration for the next section came from our research into ice caves. We wanted to explore an experience “beneath the surface” that played with new textures and that would help us transition into the final section.
The last section is a fun “frozen in time” experience. As this part of the wall surrounds the existing sculpture on the plaza, we relish the idea of it appearing as though it’s frozen in the ice.
Overall, the experience transports the visitor to a new landscape taking them on a journey that plays with scale – starting with the monumental forms and then slowly zero-ing in on different textures and forms until we get the simple block of ice.
To elevate the sculptural experience, the Union team has integrated the use of sound and light during both the day and at night. The wall has a base daytime and a base nighttime lighting state to help create depth and movement to the wall.
Who is it for?
WHEN & WHERE
November 30, 2020 – January 3, 2021 – All Day
Light displays vary.
Union Station, 65 Front Street West, Toronto