Amy Wong

MINI GOLF – a social practice: H#3

Amy Wong: Projections of Idealism

“My aim is to celebrate the intrinsically quaint artifice of mini-golf.  I have designed a miniature island, inspired by the step forms of pyramids and ziggurats.  The structure features the reproduction of a mural-sized drawing I made entitled ‘Projections of Idealism: Props to Tahitian Kids and Henry Darger’.  I wanted this island to be bright and beautifully synthetic, as one big stereotype, yet sincere, with plastic contrasting the romantic image of charcoal on paper.  As a spiral golf ramp, one could either start at the bottom and hit the ball up the ramp, or begin at the top to allow the ball to roll down.” A.W.

Playing Tips: 

  • This is a par-4 hole
  • Don’t know which way to putt?
  • The artist offers you the choice to either start at the top and work your way down, or to start and the bottom and putt your way up!
  • Gravity can work in your favour

Amy Wong (b. 1981, Toronto) has lived and worked in Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Spain and China.  Wong completed her BFA at Concordia University in Montréal, and her post-graduate studies at De Ateliers Institute in Amsterdam.  Exhibitions include Naive Melody (this must be the place) at INDEXG, Toronto, Everything is Everything at aceartinc. Winnipeg, and Work on Wonder at the CEAC, Xiamen, China.  Wong is the recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.  She is represented by Galerie Albus Lux in Roosendaal, the Netherlands.

The artist would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, David Dennis, David Dennis Jr.,Sio, and Christopher Wong for the completion of this project.

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6×6 is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research ReserveSite 11

Group Members:

1 Fish Zachary
2 Gray Braden
3 Kim Sung-Jun Mark
4 Moghaddam Matin
5 Wenzel Stephen


Emerging from the tall grass the teasel plant stands proud. Originally imported from Europe for widespread use in the textile industry this non-native species is now considered invasive. 6 x 6 embodies this idea of human induced invasion, imposing the order of the city into nature, a grid of columns juxtaposed with the natural landscape. Each post is a minimalist interpretation of the biannual teasel, investigating the cyclical changes of form, collecting solar energy during the day and glowing each night. The uniform grid reinforces the rolling topography while the lights illuminate the landscape at night, acting as a beacon for the Common Ground installations at RARE, to all the cars that pass by.









Photographs Provided by the Artists courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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