The Art of Invention

The art of Invention Poster
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 4:30pm to 9:00pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. with Remarks at 1 p.m. The reception will be held in the Challenge Zone, on level 6 of the Ontario Science Centre across from the Weston Family Innovation Centre

In collaboration with OCAD University

The Art of Invention: Celebrating 5 Years of the Weston Youth Innovation Awards is an exhibition that explores connections between young scientists and emerging artists. This collaboration between the University of Toronto, the Ontario Science Centre and Life Studies students from OCAD University, examines issues of human health, the environment and sustainability. Charged with the vitality of young minds, The Art of Invention encourages visitors to explore their own creative solutions to real-world problems. The exhibition will run from June 7th, 2014 to September 28th, 2014 in the !dea Gallery, located within the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre.

Opening remarks by Ana Klasnja, Ontario Science Centre !dea Gallery curator, OCAD Life Studies Student Nicole Rocca and Emma Johnstone, Professor Pam Patterson and Student curators Adrienne Costantino & Jana Black.

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.

Register for free tickets.

Venue & Address: 
The Ontario Science Centre 770 Don Mills Road Toronto, Ontario  
Free (Registration Required)

Matthew Del Degan collaborates with youth artists on Virgin Mobile mural

Matthew Del Degan poses with young artists from SKETCH in front of mural created for Virgin Mobile's Queen St West store
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 3:15pm

Known for his concrete Lovebots that dot Toronto’s urban landscape, recent OCAD U Industrial Design grad Matthew Del Degan has teamed up with young artists to create a 10’ x 12’ mural at Virgin Mobile’s new store at 680 Queen St. W. His collaborators were recruited through SKETCH, a community arts group that creates opportunities for at-risk youth.

The commissioned artwork is part of Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation initiative which is committed to creating new experiences for at-risk and homeless youth across the country to help them emerge from the cycle of homelessness. In addition to the mural collaboration, Del Degan has created two custom Lovebots for Virgin Mobile's newest retail locations at 680 Queen St. W. and 2493 Yonge St. to remind us to do good in our daily lives.

Del Degan’s knee-high cast concrete Lovebots began appearing around Toronto 2010 at locations where acts of love, kindness and compassion had taken place. More than 100 sculptures were installed. The Love Invasion has spawned a worldwide sticker campaign that calls attention to small good deeds that may otherwise go unnoticed.