Type: Public Art / Plaza / Competition
Status: Unbuilt / Design Concept Submission
Project Team: UrbanInk, Shawn Stankewich
1,636 portrays the pivotal vote count that marked the beginning of the Winnipeg General Strike with a tally of 11,112 for and 524 against.
In the 1900s, marbles were used in ballot boxes to denote votes – white for yes, black for no. The proposed structure incorporates 11,636 white and black marbles fixed together to create a unified plane. Together, these marbles are a symbolic gesture of the tremendous power of unity in the labour movement – many individual elements that join to create a large and formidable whole.
11,636 creates a shelter from the elements and a screen that interacts with light and shadow. Below the marble canopy, a monolithic seating platform with embedded graphics about the labour movement is extruded from the ground plane to provide a place for gathering and experiencing the structure. 11,636 is a new civic space that tells the story of the past and creates a place for new stories to unfold.