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Contemplating Child

15ft x 12ft x 9ft

Common Community Park, Mississauga ON

Utilizing a primitive, childlike approach, this steel sculpture presents a seated child in repose. The gesture reflects an inward state. In the context of the park, the site specific work speaks to the juxtaposition of innocence and complexity in the urban environment.

Situated on the elevated berm, the child faces towards the open green space with back to the street corner. From above, the head outlines the ground below. If one stands beneath the child, the head frames the sky above along with the cityscape, including Mississauga Civic Centre. In this way, the window circle that represents “mind” symbolically frames the totality of potential environment.

The title of the sculpture suggests a double meaning. It could be understood as the child who contemplates, however the work also asks that we reflect upon the child’s perspective. In this sense, the sculpture is a rumination on family. In either interpretation, the artwork strives to ignite connections to childlike qualities within all of us.


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