UNLOCK by: Joanne MacDonald

UNLOCK is an installation inspired by the construction barriers along 17th Avenue and the common key.

UNLOCK hopes to explore themes such as accessibility, opportunity, employment, ownership, privilege, and gentrification by using thousands of re-appropriated keys and drawing on the symbolism of this humble everyday item.

"To me keys hold a memory or moment in time and when you look back on them that memory is unlocked. Anything from your diary, first bike lock, apartment key, car, job, house etc." 

Each donated key represents a moment or recollection from the person or business that donated it. Together they tell a history.

"I invite you to add your used keys to contribute to the story and history as they are suspended within the artwork. I look forward to the evolving installation as each key and its unique meaning or representation is added to the structure to create a unique history as diverse as the individuals, community, and city we live in."

Joanne MacDonald is a Calgary based artist/sculptor working under the professional name of Soul Tonic Studio. UNLOCK is installed in Calgary on the 100 Block of 17th Avenue SE. UNLOCK was fabricated by MACKSTEEL in Airdrie.

Daniel Kirk