‘I believe in kindness‘ – how a ‘soundprint’ of these words inspired the June Callwood Park designed by gh3 in Toronto and won A-Z magazine’s award for Best Landscape Architecture.
Featuring an urban forest of poplars with paved shadows and clearings, reflecting and mist pools, and lolly pink benches and paving, the park was built in memory of Canadian journalist and activist June Callwood, who in an interview shortly before her death said:
“I believe in kindness”
The soundprint of her spoken words forms the basis of the park’s design in an abstract geometric pattern of cream, pink and grey paving and gravels interspersed with ‘time strip’ gardens of shrubs and perennial planting. Six separate zones feature puzzles, mazes, ponds and a rubberised pink play area for children of all ages.
June Callwood Park also has a permanent sound sculpture by Douglas Moffat and Steve Bates of Field Sound called OKTA, which reacts to cloud cover, sending sounds through 24 column speakers, representing Callwood’s experience of flying her glider through dense clouds.