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The Canadian Mosaic Project

by Tim Van Horn

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In October 2008, after seventeen years of dreaming of driving down the Trans-Canada Highway, I set out from my home in Red Deer, Alberta in a 1999 camperized GMC van, heading east on a one-year journey to shoot a ‘day in the life’ look at Canada. The more people I met, studied, and recorded, the more people I wanted to encounter and learn from.

 

Aside from photographing beautiful landscapes with people accenting them, I found myself focusing more and more on the idea of a Canadian flag mosaic made up of faces.

 

This vision will be realized on Canada Day, July 1, 2017, in Victoria, British Columbia, at Mile Zero of the Trans-Canada Highway. There, a forty-foot, wired-for-sound, multimedia pavilion-on-wheels will launch out across the land on a 365-day trans-Canada tour, beaming out the beautiful story of who we are. The entire exterior surface of the ‘Canada pavilion’ will be a medley of 54,000 portraits, text and monitors, woven into a dynamic interactive multimedia experience—the culmination of my ten-year creative-tour-of-duty across Canada. —Tim Van Horn

 

 

 

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