About The Work
Beaconsfield Overflow, Garrison Creek Relief Sewer, Toronto, 2008
Toronto's sewers envelop and dismiss watersheds that once flowed freely, extending underground both the natural topology and the built landscape of the city. These photographs locate and illuminate watersheds that were lost in the infrastructure that replaced them, revealing the halls and vaults and cataracts that carry and contain the tidal load of daily living. Not just an abstract, technological problem reengineered by professionals, urban sewerage is full of physical spaces, compelling experiences and political contradictions, all of which can and should be part of our imagination and understanding of the city.
Beaconsfield Overflow, Garrison Creek Relief Sewer, Toronto, is part of Michael Cook's contribution to AbC's WATER anthology.
About the Print
These editions, supervised by the artist, are printed with archival pigment inks on a matte Fine Art paper. The ink and paper combination have a display permanence rating of 150+ years. All our prints are made with the greatest attention to quality and a concern for permanence.
About the Artist
Michael Cook has been delving into underground spaces since 2003. While focused on urban drainage and sewer systems, his inquiries have also included utility networks, abandoned hydroelectric infrastructure and base metals mines.
He has contributed writing and photographs to HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets (Coach House Books, 2008), The BLDGBLOG Book (Chronicle Books, 2009) and Water (Alphabet City, 2009). His work has also been exhibited at Fort York and at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Cook is a graduate student at York University, where his current research considers the political geography of resource exploitation in remote regions.