LIGHT KEEPER was conceived by artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett and Studio North (Matthew Kennedy & Mark Erickson). Together, we approach public art with a shared interest in public space as a site-specific spectrum of experiences and considerations. Creating a light-based public work for Aitken Place Park Public allows us to contribute to the infrastructure for the imagination on Toronto’s waterfront. As this post-industrial district changes and encounters inevitable growing pains, parks possess a valuable role as unprescribed, accessible, green spaces – open to all. Within this context, public art can occupy both public space and public psyche, provoking critical reflection on the complex relationship between people, cities, and nature over time.

Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett are Canadian artists working with diverse materials ranging from artificial light to re-appropriated architectural debris. Their practice combines divergent aesthetic and industrial backgrounds, resulting in participatory public sculptures and installations. Beckoning viewers with interactive contexts and novel materials, participants are invited to share in collective moments. Caitlind & Wayne have installed public artworks in Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto, Canada. Previous works have appeared at Pera Museum (Istanbul), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), Whanki Museum (Seoul), Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis), and light festivals across Europe. When working independently, Wayne is a musician and composer; Caitlind is a co-founder and co-curator of WRECK CITY curatorial collective. Beautiful, playful, and radically inclusive, their work values transformation above all else. 

Studio North is an interdisciplinary design + build practice established by Matthew Kennedy and Mark Erickson. The Studio North team has been collaborating for the past decade on projects of a variety of scales, from flat pack furniture and public art installations to laneway housing and mountainside hotels. Their work has been featured in a growing number of local and international publications. At the heart of Studio North’s work is a dedication to the craft of building community, and a shared optimism for design’s ability to enrich our living environments and emphasize the beauty of the landscape. They believe that sensitively designed and well-crafted buildings can stimulate big changes in the way we live our lives.

Team LIGHT KEEPER at the artwork’s “Opening”