In response to Yonge+St Clair BIA’s Call for Artists entry for Earth Month Temporary Public Art Installation, "Equilibrium" is a winning proposal that encompasses key values – animating a commercial lobby, engaging the public in raising awareness of sustainability, and using salvaged materials in a creative way. Located at 2 St Clair Ave West, Toronto, the installation is on display for a six weeks, during Earth Month and afterwards, serving a temporary landmark, re-energizing street life in the neighbourhood.
Exploring the idea of Earth in equilibrium, the installation is comprised of clusters of linear elements, tied together by invisible fishing line to create a network of mobiles, suspended in space, interwoven and counterbalanced. As the mobiles move due to any air movements, they create a new pattern, shifting the relationship between them, while remaining in balance. Inspired by Theory of Complexity and Punctuated Equilibrium in evolutionary biology, the intent was to create a system of networks that behave as a holistic organism, responding to outside forces – changing and adapting, while maintaining its integrity.