Steve deBruyn

MINI GOLF – a social practice: H#4

Steve deBruyn: untitled

“With this piece I intend to enjoy and exploit the accessibility and intended use of the mini golf course. In my usual practice my artwork is installed in galleries and though the audience is allowed to and encouraged to walk on and/or interact with the piece they are usually reluctant. They need to be told “Yes it is OK to touch”. My artwork is never meant to be precious. In this exhibition interaction will not only be expected but unavoidable. I like that very much.”

Playing Tips:

  • This is a par-3 hole
  • When teeing-off, don’t swing too hard or your ball may fly off of the loops.
  • When standing on the course your weight will affect the course of the ball.
  • The surface of this course is not flat or smooth, don’t get too frustrated.

Living and working in London, Ontario, Steve’s main artistic output consists of large-scale installation art, usually focused around the culture and aesthetics of skateboarding. As a 30-something Canadian, he takes into account his rural upbringing and lack of actual skill on the board itself in his work. He enjoys the traditional skater ethos of building things for free from whatever is available. He has also been known to create paintings, collages and zines. He frequently collaborates with others and is open to any and all possibilities when it comes to making artwork in Canada or abroad.

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ARCH 425: Team Peter Walker

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 Reserve, Site 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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