Public Artwork


Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero, Freeze, 2006
Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero, Freeze, 2006
Royal Car Wash, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1H9, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Belmore, Rebecca; Yero, Osvaldo
Text author(s): 
Belmore, Rebecca; Yero, Osvaldo
Installation year: 

Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero used ice to make a new artwork melt during the long sleepless night of the Nuit Blanche festival. A large block of ice signified a life-size form, the absent body, as evidence that it, too, will disappear. This work symbolically suggested the frozen land of Canada in winter.

Text of the artwork: 


(Poem on panel near work)

last seen alive in police custody
     under the influence
     found 5 days later frozen to death in a field
     wearing one shoe
     marks on his body likely caused by handcuffs

     aboriginal teenage boy
     dropped off and walking to where?

     In memory of Neil Stonechild (1973-1990)

Artwork theme: 
In memory of Neil Stonechild, Violence against First Nations, injustice, crime

Exhibition of sculptural installation as part of the 2008 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association Board and Human Rights (CASHRA), presented by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies , Or CASHRA, 2008 annual conference, presented by the Ontario Human Rights Commission) from June 15 to 17, 2008, in the courtyard of Niagara College Campus, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Exhibition as part of the event Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON; night of Saturday, September 30, 2006.

Event date(s): 

Freeze is a public art installation project presented by the Convenience curatorial collective


Nuit Blanche: Toronto made suddenly magical

Milroy, Sarah (2006).  Nuit Blanche: Toronto made suddenly magical. The Globe and Mail. (october 3)

Supporting creativity: but only for 12 hours?

Sandals, Leah (2007).  Supporting creativity: but only for 12 hours?. Fuse Magazine. vol. 30, no. 1, p. 43-45