Incognito was created in collaboration with Curio Art Co. The temporary art installation was commissioned by the Toronto Waterfront BIA for their annual Ice Breakers campaign. The public art initiative brings color, warmth and activity to the waterfront and invites viewers to partake in a winter stroll and appreciate the art installations nesteled within the unique landscape.
Inspiration no. 1
The concept for Incognito was partly inspired by WWI warships and the camouflaging technique known as ‘Razzle Dazzle.’ This complex pattern of geometric shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other, were painted on a ships exterior. They were not intended to make them disappear, but to confuse and mislead an enemies target. This notion of visual disruption can even be seen in nature.
Inspiration no. 2
The second inspiration came from architectural massing models. Massing is a term which refers to the perception of the general shape and form as well as size of a building. These models are usually simplistic in structure, providing a basic sense of a building.
We paired these two ideas together to form Incognito: a super-sized massing model with a razzle dazzle facade. It required a lot of careful planning to achieve the illusion of altered planes, corners where were none, distorted facades and angles. The piece consisted of 5 separate structures which were created out of very basic materials: fiberboard, wood and paint. Essentially, we created a 12 foot tall mini city and placed it within a small winter forest.
Incognito was awarded the Ice Breakers crowd favorite.