Jax

Pierre Poussin

Pierre Poussin’s Jax reimagines one of the world’s oldest and most widespread games by amplifying its scale and colour, inviting visitors to see the game anew. The popularity of Jacks endures as it’s a portable activity that’s playable by all ages. It is traditionally played by tossing a ball, and collecting as many small objects as possible before the ball hits the ground. Here those “small items” are scaled up by a factor of 25, creating a larger-than-life playscape where passersby can assume the role of Jacks’ iconic red rubber ball, hopping from one zone to the next.

Tetrapods, an architectural element found along shorelines, are re-appropriated for new and playful purposes. Here, their bright colours reference the most recent 2SLGBTQQIA+ flag, signaling an inclusive play space where all are welcome, and where chance encounters serve to better unite us.

Play. Laugh. Embrace Silly. Encourage Love.

Co-commissioned by Concord Adex and The Bentway Conservancy.

About the Artist

Pierre Poussin creates public art that unites abstraction, functionality, and fun. When approaching an opportunity, he considers the physical site and the interests of the community, and then works to create a piece that both defines the space and provides an engaging and immersive experience for the audience. Within that exploration he juxtaposes elements of nature and industry, past and future, and dynamic and static. The result is artworks that resonate within the urban environment and bring continued long term interest to a site.

Thank you to our partners:

Plan Your Play Walk

Locations

Installations

  1. Dream Street by The Street Society
  2. Walk Walk Dance by Daily tous les jours
  3. Big Red by Assemble
  4. Double Dribble by Esmaa Mohamoud
  5. Nil:Nil by Studio F Minus
  6. Play Public by Thomas Mailaender & Erik Kessels
  7. Jax by Pierre Poussin
  8. Midsummer Mix Vol.1 by Nelson Wu & biosphere

Tiny Games

  1. Find Jimmy! by Kris Piotrowski
  2. Before They’re Gone by Droqen
  3. A Serpent Slumbers by Allison Cole
  4. Dance Anatomy by Alicia Payne
  5. The Garrison and the Gardiner by Kaelan Doyle Myerscough
  6. Secret Landscape by Diana Andrea Guzmán Valencia

Bike Shares

Twelve locations throughout the Play Path and neighbouring spaces

Landmarks

  1. The Bentway
  2. Fort York National Historic Site
  3. Garrison Crossing
  4. The Bentway Studio & Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
  5. Canoe Landing Park
  6. Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

Land Acknowledgement

As an organization dedicated to the creation of shared and inclusive public space, we acknowledge that our work takes place on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and many other Indigenous nations.

Tkaronto, “the place in the water where the trees are standing”, is now home to many diverse Indigenous people. We recognize them as the past, present and future caretakers of this land. We would like to pay our respects to all who have gathered and will continue to gather in this place. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work together to care for The Bentway lands and act as stewards of the space.

Transportation

By TTC

  • 511 Bathurst (at Fort York Blvd)
  • 509 Harbourfront (at Fleet St.)
  • 121 Fort York-Esplanade at Gzowski Blvd (westbound) or Bastion St (eastbound)

By Bike

Use Bike Share Toronto’s System Map or download PBSC Urban Solutions or Transit app to locate stations and plan your route with real-time bike and station availability. Closest stations to The Bentway: Fort York Blvd/Garrison Rd, Fort York Blvd. (in front of Fort York Visitor Centre), Strachan Ave/Princes’ Blvd, Fort York Blvd/Bathurst St.

Bike racks are also located on-site.

Parking

Paid parking is available at 800 Fleet Street (also accessible from Strachan Avenue, north of Fleet Street) and at the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Boulevard).

Washrooms

As of June 11, 2021 our washroom facilities are open from 10am – 7:30pm daily. Face coverings are required. Gender-neutral washroom(s) available. 

Free WiFi

Free Wi-Fi is provided by Beanfield. Sign onto Beanfield1hfree and get one free hour of WiFi at The Bentway.

The Bentway is free and open to the public every day.