Colony  is a study on the relationship between urban development, green-space construction, and animal colony habitation. This piece   examines animal activity in Tommy Thompson Park including its massive population of double crested cormorants. A human-made space, the park hosts a highly intensified bird colony that has significant impacts on the area’s tree growth. Local researchers have worked tirelessly to introduce the colony to ground nesting sites, achieving notable success and averting plans to cull birds.
 The soundscape of the shorebird colony has been captured and relocated to the historic chimney (1906) at the brickworks, a space wherein another bird species – chimney swifts – inhabits en masse in the warmer months. Through sound and interaction,  Colony  attempts to embody the complex issue of land use, population growth, and species cohabitation in a rapidly changing environment.
 Double crested cormorant colony, Tommy Thompson Park, photo: Cole Swanson., 2018.
 For the installation, the inner chamber of the chimney was cleared and re-lined with brick made from the historic kilns of the Evergreen Brickworks. This provided a sound chamber that allowed field recordings to travel up into a 200 foot vertical space, and out the front gates to where the public would encounter the work. 
  Colony,  evening phase
  Colony , daylight phase
 Field photograph, Tree-nesting cormorants, Leslie Spit, Toronto, 2017.
 Historic chimney gate redesign process; images from field photography shot of the nesting colony have been transformed into the laser-cut steel gate frames and fitted permanently into the brick facade of the chimney. 
 The steel frame has been reinforced by an oxidized copper mesh. The organic design of the expanded copper metal recalls the form of feathers and the blue-green colour is a reference to the striking hues of the cormorant's eyes and inner beak.  
 Historic chimney, the Children's Garden, Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto. 
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