Heather Nicol

Imminent Departure, 2009

Union Station, Front Street West

Imminent Departure at Union Station reflected on the vicissitudes of memory, loss and desire. Life-changing upheavals – whether caused by personal, economic or historical events (the artist left New York City after 9/11) – served as the backdrop for her intervention into Toronto's historic terminus. Union Station has been the arena for countless stories of fortune hunting, last-minute escapes, missed connections, lovers' reunions, hitting the road, and being run out of town. The space was transformed by a sound, lighting and atmospheric installation to evoke the romance and heartbreak of travel stories brought about by unforeseen crises.

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