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Orchard by Diane Borsato is one of over 35 public artworks on display across the City of Mississauga.
Diane Borsato, 2019
Small Arms Inspection Building
Orchard is a work of public land art that celebrates partnerships and brings members of the art, food, and urban agricultural communities together.
Orchard is an urban apple orchard that includes rare and eccentric apple varietals, such as White Winter Pearmain, Baxter, Sleeping Beauty, Black Giliflower, Pineapple Reinette and the red-fleshed Pink Pearl, representing Mississauga’s natural heritage.
As a future site for engagement, education, reflection, and apple harvesting, Orchard seeks to foster enduring connectedness to land, plants, food, and one another.
Diane’s companion performance piece YOU ARE A GOOD APPLE was co-presented with the Toronto Biennial of Art and Ontario Culture Days. Hundreds of visitors came together to taste and learn about apples and community orchards.
Diane Borsato is an artist, naturalist and Associate Professor of Experimental Studio at the University of Guelph. She has exhibited and performed her work in major galleries and museums across Canada and internationally. For over ten years she has been collaborating with writer and curator Amish Morrell on Outdoor School, an ongoing series of contemporary environmental artworks. Their new book Outdoor School: Contemporary Environmental Art is available at booksellers now.
Photographs by Yuula Benivolski.