Heal and cleanse through the restorative power of rising heat, ash, smoke and water of The Burn, an interactive installation inspired by the universally sacred elements of fire and water. Providing a sanctuary for comfort and care with rituals of intention setting, releasing and letting go, this installation is part of Stronger TOgether, a program for Toronto residents to recognize and reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Engage with The Burn’s travelling vessels as they tour the city from January 19 to March 11, inspiring Torontonians to set healing intentions on wooden spheres.
Following the tour, take part in a commemorative ceremony featuring The Burn at Nathan Phillips Square on March 11, 2023, the third anniversary of the official start of the pandemic, in memory of lives lost. Experience a shared exhalation through fire, water and immersive waves of sounds, as the vessels’ wooden spheres, along with fresh ones created onsite, come together to ignite for a 24-hour burn from March 11 to 12.
Ashes from the burn will be harvested, mixed into soil and spread across city gardens to honour the spirit of our collective healing.
The Burn was created by multi-talented, award-winning artist Roger Mooking in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist and designer Javid JAH and multi-disciplinary artist and Wyandot Elder Catherine Tammaro.