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Spring Equinox

Stuart Keeler
2012

March 20, 2012 marks the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring. On March 22, Keeler embarked on a walking performance from sunrise to sunset as a symbolic celebration of spring. His walk will be focused on the length of Yonge Street, established in 1794, and touted by many to be “the longest street in the world.” The linear stretch of concrete begins in Toronto at Queen Quay East and ends at Barrie, Ontario or as some say at Thunder Bay – a staggering 1,896 Kilometers.

Keeler will employ a hand-made daffodil yellow monochromatic walking suit which will serve to identify the action and performing of Yonge Street in progress. The goal is to reach the end, however how far will he traverse by foot in one day?

The word “equinox” derives from Latin to mean “equal night” which refers to the moment when the sun crosses the equator. At this time, day and night are of nearly equal length everywhere in the world. Keeler will meditate on this concept, nomadically creating an embodied way of meditating on the term “equal” while in motion along the linear north / south axis road on the cusp of a new season. Using time, the city streets, and the memories of passerby, Keeler will create an abstracted series of action and performance based drawings, using his body as the meditative implement to trace his linear path.

The goal is to reach the end. Keeler views this project as an ongoing collaboration with Yonge Street.