Harbourfront’s Breathtaking: Constructed Landscapes exhibition questioned the role of architecture in experiencing the natural world. Lenticular Curtain was our response – a moving and inhabitable architectural construction of a landscape. We wanted to explore a fusion of architecture and landscape that obliterates the threshold between the two, creating an immersive and surprising experience that infuses, inhabits, and amplifies the landscape.

View of the lenticular curtain from outside (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
View entering the gallery

The forest feels like a solid object, but then moves gently as visitors walk around it, casting multiple shadows on the floor. To enter it, you walk into the forest from anywhere on the outside, parting the trees like a bead curtain. The strips easily move aside, but with their weighted bottoms, they quickly return to position to maintain the integrity and surprise of the interior experience. Inside, a fabric wrapped log bench invites visitors to sit, positioning them accurately to the horizon that seems to stretch to infinity. The lenticular effect here is especially pronounced – so immersive that some people almost felt vertigo from the visual sense of depth. From the outside you could hear exclamations of surprise, drawing others in for the experience. The installation was not simply a constructed landscape object – it was a pair of spaces, demanding exploration by the viewer.

Lenticular Curtain was remounted at the University of Texas at Austin in October 2013 as part of the CURTAINS conference.

View of the lenticular curtain from outside (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
The forest cube
Detail view of the curtain (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
Forest detail
Exhibition View - photo Alison Steele (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
Venturing into the forest (Austin TX)
Exhibition View - photo Alison Steele (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
The curtain snaps back after entry
View of the lenticular curtain from inside (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
The interior sea horizon
View of the lenticular curtain from inside (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
Water meets the land
View of the lenticular curtain from inside (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
Interior horizon and bench
Detail view of the curtain (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
Ocean detail
Exhibition View - photo Alison Steele (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
Exit through the ocean (Austin TX)
Exhibition View - photo Alison Steele (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT, Alison Steele)
(Austin TX)

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  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Garden
  4. Airdrie Road Residence
  5. Albany Avenue Residence
  6. Alexandra Park
  7. Aporia Records
  8. Asphalt Poetry
  9. – Poem
  10. Baby Point Gardens
  11. Beach Garden
  12. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  13. Beaty Residence
  14. Bennington Heights Garden
  15. Berkeley Street Residence
  16. Bin-Scarth Garden
  17. Blink and you miss it.
  18. – Poem
  19. Block 22 Landscape
  20. Bloor St. Apartment
  21. Blue Note
  22. Booth Avenue Residence
  23. Boustrophedon Garden
  24. Braemore Gardens Residence
  25. Browning Avenue Residence
  26. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  27. Camp Arowhon Offices
  28. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  29. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  30. Chocolate Loft
  31. City Instrument
  32. Clarendon Garden
  33. Conversation Piece
  34. Creemore Farm
  35. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  36. Dickson Park Garden
  37. Dilworth Residence
  38. Don Landing Revitalization
  39. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  40. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  41. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  42. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  43. Eglinton Ave Forecourt
  44. Eglinton Park Master Plan
  45. Elizabeth Fry Society
  46. Ellsworth Residence
  47. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  48. First Avenue Garden
  49. First Avenue Residence
  50. Flyover Canada
  51. Foote’s Pond Wood
  52. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  53. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  54. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  55. Gormley Garden
  56. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  57. Greener P
  58. Greer Road Garden
  59. Greer Road Residence
  60. Guelph Bridge
  61. Head in the Clouds
  62. Helena Ave Residence 4
  63. Junction Craft Brewery
  64. Kelpies Competition
  65. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  66. Kipling & Islington Developments
  67. Le jardin du repos
  68. Lenticular Curtain
  69. Leslie Slip Lookout Park
  70. Liberty Village Parkettes
  71. Liza’s Garden
  72. Lynwood Garden
  73. Macroscape
  74. Markham Garden One
  75. Markham Street Residence Two
  76. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  77. Mulock Park
  78. Nathan Phillips Square
  79. – Streetscape
  80. – Peace Garden
  81. – Podium Roof Garden
  82. Orchard View Garden
  83. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  84. Owl Cottage
  85. Paperstone Scissors
  86. Peripheral Sitings
  87. Pottery Road Crossing
  88. rare
  89. Ravine Forecourt
  90. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  91. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  92. Roxborough Garden One
  93. Roxborough Garden Two
  94. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  95. Ryerson University Science Building
  96. Schulich School of Business
  97. Sheridan College
  98. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  99. Spadina Quay Wetland
  100. St. Anne's Road Garden
  101. Stratford Market Square Competition
  102. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  103. Superkids Dental
  104. Superlegible
  105. Sweet Farm
  106. Sweet Farm Pond House
  107. Swift Medical Offices
  108. The Meadows Reconsidered
  109. The Red Sash
  110. Thick & Thin
  111. Thistletown II Townhouses
  112. Tipping Point
  113. Tranby Garden
  114. Tree House Residence
  115. UBC Okanagan – The Commons
  116. UHN Tunnels
  117. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  118. Venice Biennale 2012
  119. Vermont Square Park
  120. Vernon Avenue Garden
  121. Walk the Walk
  122. Walmer Road Residence
  123. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  124. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  125. Wells Street Residence
  126. Westminster Residence
  127. With Words as Their Actions
  128. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  129. Woven Stories
  130. York Park