THE HOPE FOUNDRY, was a one-night light and video installation at the enigmatic and beautiful glass paned building at the the northeast corner of the Dupont & Dovercourt intersection, presented by Art Spin in partnership with adelheid.
This project, a creative collaboration between Heidi Strauss, Jeremy Mimnagh, Rebecca Picherack, and Joshua Van Tassel working with Art Spin curators Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta, was projected from within the majestic glass-walled interior of this industrial gem – one that has long captured the attention and curiosity of so many –and viewed by the public from street level.
THE HOPE FOUNDRY came about as an improvised experiment, inspired by the mutual encouragement of its various creative collaborators in response to the unique circumstances resulting from COVID-19 and the challenges to social gathering for artistic presentations.
Precipitated by Art Spin having secured access to this highly recognizable yet enigmatic building that we’ve dubbed ‘The Foundry’, in keeping with its manufacturing history, we were excited to offer a safe opportunity to take in this radiant activation through the use of light and sound to create an ephemeral yet memorable experience.
The work was conceived in response to the question of how we fill space at a time when physical proximity is so loaded with risk. It was also inspired by the profound recognition of the meaning and sense of purpose that we as artists, curators and producers experience when we present artwork to the public, along with the recognition of how tenuous and precious these roles are when faced with the existential threat to art and culture which this pandemic represents.

950 Dupont St.
The NE corner of Dupont St. and Dovercourt Rd.
Artwork viewed from the sidewalk

Heidi Strauss, concept
Jeremy Mimnagh, projection
Rebecca Picherack, lighting 
Joshua Van Tassel, composition
Charissa Wilcox, technical support
InterAccess, Solotech, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Simon Rossiter

elsewhere (2015)  
a partnership with Art in and Pattison OneStop with screenings across Canada on billboards, in subway stations, on shopping mall and elevator screens

a collaboration between: Heidi Strauss, Laura Taler, Jeremy Mimnagh
with performers:  Danielle Baskerville, Justine A Chambers, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson and Brendan Wyatt
produced by Grimm Pictures Inc, with adelheid, and support from the Canada Council for the Arts
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