In our recurring feature What’s the Meaning of This?, we explain what those weird public-art installations you walk by every day are supposed to represent. This week: quirky images aim to cheer up grumpy commuters.
Name of installation: Imaginary Creatures from Illustrated Thoughts
Artist: Victor Samuel Huckabee
Location: It can be viewed on 60 of the Pattison Onestop screens throughout the TTC network.
Date of display: Until March 31.
What’s it supposed to be?: Organized by Art for Commuters, a non-profit collective that initiates unique projects in the public realm, this temporary art installation displays a series of images from artist Victor Samuel Huckabee’s Illustrated Thoughts series for 15 seconds, every 10 minutes on the subway platform screens throughout the TTC. Created by Huckabee, a Nashville-based artist, the cute, quirky images are both playful and humorously thought-provoking, often revealing the artist’s inner thoughts in a frank, honest way. Like much of the Huckabee’s work, Illustrated Thoughts is full of make-believe creatures and worlds, telling a quick witty story in a single image. Unlike some of the other films and public art seen on the Pattison Onestop screens, which attempt provoke discussion on issues like gentrification, Illustrated Thoughts is a light-hearted installation that aims to cheer up commuters for the month of March.