Due to a severe thunderstorm that damaged the artwork, the artwork has been removed as staff investigate re-building and re-installation.
Solo Park by Shannon Linde and Sarah Nasby is one of over 35 public artworks on display across the City of Mississauga.
Shannon Linde and Sarah Nasby, 2019
Natural, chemical-free and stain-free wood
Jack Darling Memorial Park
Solo Park is a temporary public artwork and bee hotel that functions as a nesting habitat for native pollinators. Referencing the surrounding area’s settler history as a resort, amusement park, and cottage community, Solo Park reimagines the former Lorne Park gates that once enclosed the site.
The work instead acts as a marker of shared public space, and encourages the pollinators that are essential to restoring local biodiversity to inhabit its various enclosures. In recognizing the invaluable work that solitary bees do, particularly as human activity continues to contribute to habitat loss and climate change, Solo Park offers a much-needed retreat.
Shannon Linde is a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. Her multi-disciplinary work reflects an interest in memory and artifact, fleeting moments and lived experiences. Her recent projects have exhibited at the Junction Arts Festival (Toronto), the Gladstone Hotel (Toronto) and the Museum of Architecture and Design (Los Angeles).
Sarah Nasby is a Toronto-based artist working primarily in sculpture and drawing. She received an MFA from NSCAD University and a BA from the University of Guelph. Her work has been shown recently in Fermenting Feminism at Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Toronto; Para//el Room at DNA Artspace, London; Taking [a] part at Mercer Union, Toronto; and Who’s Afraid of Purple, Orange and Green? at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. In 2016-2019, she collaborated with artist Ella Dawn McGeough on the project Ray-Ray.
Solo Park is a collaboration between the City’s Parks, Forestry and Environment Division and the Public Art Program.