This artwork created by Philip Beesley – and photographed by Aida da Silva – transformed Brookfield Place in Toronto
Aida da Silva (BSc 2004 VIC) was at the 2010 Luminato Festival when she took this photo. Created by Philip Beesley, Sargasso was a responsive art installation that transformed Brookfield Place. “Sensors activated balloons, which inflated and deflated depending on the spectators’ movement; it was quite impressive” says da Silva. The artwork is named after the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic Ocean, which now abounds with floating plastic junk. The photo’s bluish tint comes from an adjustment she made to the white balance setting.
Da Silva discovered her love of photography during a family trip to Portugal over 20 years ago. Since then, she’s climbed fences to access ancient ruins, toured former prisons, and gotten lost in a nature reserved blanketed with heavy fog – all in the name of photography. “I’ve even searched for clues to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail,” she adds. She prefers travel photography: “It justifies my exploration of the world.” Hoping to guarantee herself even more adventures, da Silva is currently pursuing a photography certification.