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In December 2022, the first of three winning concepts was installed on the Downsview Wind Rose following a competition for emerging designers. "Landing, Take Off" is by Fion Kong, Georgia Sa, and Natalie Ko: first year Master of Landscape Architecture students at the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.


Their installation celebrates the industrial history and biodiversity of Downsview Park. The overall form was inspired by the flight of the Red-tailed Hawk as it adapts to the howling wind and the geometries of aviation. 

 

Sixteen panels stretch across the arches, inviting park visitors to climb up and take a closer look. To decorate the panels, the team took inspiration from the plumage of the birds of Downsview Park’s past and present. These include: the American Kestrel, the Bobolink, the Cooper’s Hawk, the Horned Lark, the Red-tailed Hawk, the Long-eared Owl, the Northern Shrike, and the Short-eared Owl. 

 

The installation invites people to look up, explore how the panels play with the arches, observe the details of local birds, and listen in — you may just hear the sounds of birds all around you.

Hear the birds celebrated in the installation