Perched 113 storeys above Toronto, Artmosphere is an immersive, interactive art showcase, and the centerpiece of the CN Tower’s Lower Observation Level.
Artmosphere’s expansive, state-of-the-art video walls feature animated visual representations of original works by a collective of Canadian artists, including Indigenous artists from across the country.
The experience is free for CN Tower ticket holders.
“Salmon Run” by Dylan Thomas
From the artist: In Coast Salish culture, salmon are the symbol of life and prosperity, and for millennia, salmon were the main food source for the Coast Salish and all people of the Northwest Coast. Shifting to today, impressive monuments such as CN Tower have become symbols of prosperity. I hope to inspire people to reflect on their gratitude for the gifts that technology and the modern world has offered us.
About the artist: Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) is a Coast Salish artist and member of the Lyackson First Nation (Valdes Island), but also has heritage from the Songhees, Squamish, and Snuneymuxw Nations. Although Dylan grew up in the urban setting of Victoria, he was introduced to Coast Salish art at a young age because his family continues to participate in their culture and tradition. Dylan’s early experiences with Salish art ignited a lifelong passion for the art form.
“Fall Leaves” by Katie Longboat
From the artist: Fall and the beautiful fall colours are the inspirations this work. Katie’s design imitates the movement of leaves and the changing of the colours from green to bright yellows, oranges, and reds. Katie’s hope is to capture the feelings of Fall time through her beadwork and inspire gratitude for the beauty of the Fall season.
About the artist: Katie Longboat is a Mohawk and Cree artist from Six Nations of the Grand River, On. Katie’s beadwork combines original designs with contemporary materials and vibrant colour palettes to create unique jewelry pieces and beaded artwork. Katie is inspired to create work that is reflective of her identity, family, travels and nature. Katie currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.
“Circular Landscapes” composed by Alejandro Basulto
About the work: “Circular Landscapes” is an orchestral suite divided into four movements. The work was composed as a companion for Artmosphere and draws inspiration from the unique visual works, the magnificent CN Tower architecture, and Canada’s iconic seasonal landscapes.
About the artist: Alejandro Basulto is a Mexican award-winning composer and orchestral conductor. His music is characterized by a profound Latin-American identity, a vibrant integration of contemporary popular culture, a continuous exploration of diverse techniques and the use of new narrative approaches.
Curation and Production
The curators, producers and animators of Artmosphere are Pedro Narváez and Emma López.
Their company, the Toronto-based AVA Animation and Visual Arts Inc., is an animation studio that specializes in projection mapping and creating extraordinary visual experiences with technology, creativity and emotion.
The animated and interactive original artworks currently featured in Artmosphere represent one part of a four-part seasonally themed audio-visual experience conceived and directed by AVA. Since 2010, AVA has specialized in projection mapping techniques achieving several international awards, as well as permanent installations in Mexico and Japan.
Interactivity by WORKSOFAR.