Janet Rosenberg + Associates
THREAD as envisioned by Janet Rosenberg and the JRA Design Studio, embraces both history, and site, in the spirit of the rare Charitable Research Reserve and the original towns and villages of Cambridge, Ontario (Galt, Preston, Hespeler). The intervention takes inspiration from the community’s farming and industrial heritage by referencing the local grain fields and textile manufacturing industry that made the region famous. The installation’s mix of materials and the dramatic rural location come together in a dynamic immersive sculptural display. The visitor can enter the installation and become enveloped in the flowing strips of fabric, imagining themselves in a sinuous wheat field shimmering in the sunlight, the wisps of wheat brushing their finger tips. Located at the rare Charitable Research Reserve’s historic Slit Barn and ECO Centre site, THREAD will attract travelers and locals as an unexpected piece of art along a country road.
Janet Rosenberg + Associates (JRA) is one of Canada’s most distinguished landscape architecture and urban design studios with decades of experience and an extensive portfolio of work that includes public, commercial, and institutional spaces as well as private residential gardens and condominiums. JRA is recognized globally for sustainable innovation, design excellence, and for its fresh-eyes approach to site challenges. The studio actively participates in garden shows and installations as a catalyst for experimentation in scale, materials, and technologies. Led by Janet Rosenberg and creative director Glenn Herman, the studio is supported by a team of talented landscape architects and urban designers who truly work collaboratively, constantly redefining the profession with creativity and unique ideas. Recent studio endeavours include Devonian Gardens in Calgary, Guelph Market Square at City Hall, and Newmarket Riverwalk Commons.
All photographs by Jeff McNeill