Secret Landscape

Diana Andrea Guzman Valencia

Be the explorer of your Secret Landscape, discover its secrets by engaging your senses in a playful adventure enjoying the present moment. 

Meditation games to be in Flow

Human Gate

Frame different views with your “binocular hands”, like a pirate or hug them with different parts of your body, stretching like a yogi.

Cross the gate and explore the secret landscape of your mind!

Visual Fest

Find similarities in natural and urban elements. E.g.: a tree can look like a building, the highway, a river, etc.

Close your eyes and hear or imagine their sounds, what do they have in common? Discover other features in the surroundings to create more metaphors, envisioning a more harmonious natural city.

Mix-Senses

Explore natural and urban elements: leaves, flowers, grass, soil, concrete, wood, metal, etc.

Close your eyes and “see” them by touching and listening; breathe deeply and imagine the taste with your sense of smell. Exchange your senses to appreciate in a deeper dimension.

Emotional Rainbow

Match colors you see to your present feelings; do you feel playful like yellow? Or vibrant like green? Maybe you feel full of colors like a rainbow?

Where in your body do you feel that emotion? Use that part of your body to release the emotion in a positive gesture or action, joining a collective rainbow of kindness.

Flow

Choose a pleasant view in the landscape.

Open your mind and blend into your surroundings, making soft movements: flow with the air, hum or whistle a melody, whisper a positive word. Breathe deep; enjoy this ethereal moment and take it with you…

Now the Landscape’s Secrets are yours!

About Tiny Games

Six designers have created games that can be played throughout the Play Path, ranging from contemplative interactive challenges to role-playing, rituals, and more! The games take the form of ground vinyl prompts, with longer instructions online that can be accessed using the QR code or URL. Visitors can read these installations and play the games on the spot at any time, finding new, playful ways to experience the trails, nooks, and architecture that make up the city.

About the Artist

Diana possesses an extensive design background that includes Product, Urban, Architecture, Landscape, Graphic and Web Design. This breadth of knowledge allows her to approach projects holistically; make analytical connections through different disciplines, and communicate using different tools within a multidisciplinary team. She also runs her own design studio, IDITA, which offers multidisciplinary and sustainable design services. Diana brings enthusiasm and dedication to her work and is always excited to further develop her passion for urban design, public space and wellness.

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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.