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A covered bridge gathering natural resources (wind, sun, water) while contextualizing public usage and amenity.

The structure silhouette reminds history as agriculture while the oak beam structure is iconic to our resource heritage. A signature toward community resonance is identified and linked to it’s cultural ‘past’ thereby enabling community to evolve identity as the perceivable sense of having a ‘location’ to reference.

Located on a trade route of significance Dawes Crossing is titled in a parallel evocation as integrating community enabling objectives. As a transit point the site moves the people into it and often to wait and sit. That resource constructs opportunities. Recognizing the site as harvesting sun and wind provides income. Income provides community with resources to seed a vision. Establishing place as framework allows completion as community amplitude.

Dawes Crossing transports us into the ‘forest garden’ at Dawes Road. The forest garden stretches northeast encircling a greater tree canopy and intensifying dense naturalization. The existing southern limits of the site is woodland parkland undisturbed enhanced by rain collection and distribution. The northern segment of the site as ‘lawn’ or ‘natural grasses’ generates place for audience or picnic and a viewpoint of significance from distance.

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a living oak planted within the oak architecture

Seeing the oak made of the oak as future wealth set in a forest garden. A premonition to river valleys established as the collection of rainwater distributed and directed through hardscape to trees and indigenous forest. A buffer of woodland and a concentration of woodland as little nooks for water to ingest hiding places for toads, frogs, wildflowers, raspberries and birds. A place for the scenery of decomposing logs gives evidence as a native species habitat.


The sculpture provides free wireless Internet access. AC outlets are accessible. Lighting can be programmed. Events can be staged. A plaza for markets and kiosks can appear. A lawn and audience space allows music evenings or community festival. The solar panel arrays track the sun as an ever present reframing. The articulated outline holds a pointer to the sun changing.


Noel Harding – Artist
The City of Toronto – Cultural Department
landLAB – Landscape Architecture
timber structure: Bannon Handcrafted Log Homes & Timber Frames
roof: McDonnell Carpentry Ltd
raincatchers: Steelsmiths Inc, design and Build
solar: Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies Inc
wind turbine: GUS Power Inc
led lighting: Lumicrest-Lighting Solutions Inc
glass roof: C.G.A. Glass & Mirror
landscaping: Premier Landscaping and Design Ltd
electrical: Major Mack Electrical Contracting
foundation: Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd
wind & lighting design program: Jim Ruxton
free wifi: Wireless Toronto
original website: Walter Willems & Barry Veerkamp
professional services: Peter Sheffield & Assoc Ltd Consulting Engineers &  Paul Green – P.Eng. Electrical Engineer at Green Co Design Sawyer Duncan Engineering
soil engineer: exp Services Inc

Other Donations from:
Glen Echo Nurseries
Envirobond Products Corporation
Oak Concrete Products