To Canada With Love
Start date: 19 May, 2017
End date: 31 July, 2018
Since October 1st, 2008, Photographer, Tim Van Horn has crossed Canada six times and photographed 40,000 Canadians from the far corners of Canada. It’s one man’s self-assigned, creative-tour-of-duty to unite Canada, with an all-encompassing, inspiring portrayal of who we are as a country, and a people. For Canada’s 150th birthday, the mission is to have photographed 54,000 Canadians (.150% of the population) from 1000’s of intersections from across Canada.
For Canada’s 150th, Canada’s distinctive national identity will be woven together into a spectacular, harmonic mosaic using the Canadian flag and 54,000 Canadians. The Canadian Mosaic Project is a visual anthropological study defining and documenting, the fabric and sentiment, of our unique Canadian cultural identity in our 150th year. The public will be notified of the pavilion travelling through their community and can come down and be photographed and be included in the ever expanding Canadian Mosaic Project.
The Canadian Mosaic Project will be the largest portrait ever created in Canadian history and will inspire all of Canada in 2017 with the beautiful story of you and I! Celebrate in 2017 by collaborating or sponsoring the 'To Canada with Love' tour and help unite Canada!
Nature of the Project Reach
By traversing the nation using an interactive colourful cultural pavilion on wheels 100,000's of Canadians of all ages will experience Canada like never before. The ‘To Canada with Love’ pavilion will travel to 100's communities large and small across Canada spreading a goodwill message using the exterior of a 40 foot bus.
The story of life woven together using 54,000 portraits gathered from across Canada. These 54,000 portraits wrap around the entire surface (1056 sq feet) work in conjunction with 13 ribbons of text (one for each province and territory) world music will play along, tying the entire presentation together. A self-contained, 24/7 pavilion on wheels will travel to schools, your main street and will give the nation to follow and experience in 2017-18.
Uniting the country, reactivating/re-branding citizenship, fostering nation building, inspiration and motivation the next generation using the moving story of who we are, celebrating our diversity, updating Canada's visual/cultural identity using a dynamic visual arts pavilion embedded in communities across the nation in 2017-18.
Looking to collaborations of any interested parties who have a genuine interest in inspiring and educating Canadians of our national identity.