Bird migration phenomenon takes place many thousands o f meters above the ground and between distant locales and therefore remains largely invisible to human observers. The goal of this thesis project is to bring migration into focus by using environmental graphic design installations that highlight Toronto's role as a stopover site for migratory birds and activating a site on the city's waterfront. The final design artifact is composed of three site-specific elements.
The first is a wall-mounted graphic work that functions like a sundial to reveal the cyclical nature of seasonal migration.
The second is a boardwalk installation that measures the distances travelled by birds migrating from Central and South America to Toronto.
The final component is a map of the primary avian stopover sites in Toronto (hot spots), which encourages visitors to explore the city's natural habitats.