Walkable planets project | walkable planets project

One of the joys of living in a city like Toronto is the wonderful discoveries that you make during your daily routine. One of these discoveries was the walkable planets projects, an art installation in the Christie Pitts area. One of the sadder parts to living in Toronto is that the artist has taken the project down at the request of the city.

Artist Jode Roberts (more here) created a series of signs and installed them along Grace Street and Gore Vale Avenue. The signs were similar stylistically to typical street parking signs in an attempt to fly-under-the-radar with city hall because no permit was obtained. There was one sign for each planet in the solar system (except poor old Pluto who was bumped off the stellar list) and they imparted a quirky factoid about the relative sizes of the planet versus the sun.

The project spanned a two kilometre stretch of street scape with each sign’s distance from the next in proportion to the actual distances the planets are apart from one another. Clearly, I found and photographed these last summer.

Read more about the project in the Toronto Star here.

Saturn sign

Jupiter sign

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