Public Artwork

Hold That Thought

Kelly Mark, Hold That Thought, 2006
Kelly Mark, Hold That Thought, 2006
Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West , Toronto, ON, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Mark, Kelly
Text author(s): 
Mark, Kelly
Neon sign construction by Orest Tataryn
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

Avenue Road intersection; installed on the façade of the church


Site specific installation. Several of the letters were programmed to fail or sputter (flicker on and off) at random intervals

Text of the artwork: 


Artwork theme: 
Idea passenger, personal experience, time (lost time, passage of time)

Event: Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven (Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON). January 12-February 24, 2008


Event: Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven (Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, ON. Curator: Barbara Fischer) September 14-October 21, 2007


Event: Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, Toronto, ON.Commissaire: Barbara Fischer) September 13-October 28 2007


Event: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (first exhibition in a public space. Church of the Redeemer, Toronto, ON. Site specific installation created for the festival in 2006. Curators: Fern Bayer, Peggy Gale & Chrysanne Stathacos). Event date: sunset on Saturday, September 30 on the morning of Sunday, October 1, 2006.


Event: "Apparent Death" (WYNICK / Tuck Gallery, project room, Toronto, ON) September 29-November 17 2006


7.62 m

Installed at a street intersection where people are forced to pause, this sign asks one to also pause one's mind, "to hold that thought," if for only a moment. The temporal nature of this fleeting moment becomes a unique and personal experience for each viewer.


Thought and language are intimately connected. We cannot have a thought without also having the words we would use to express that thought to another. Streets can be viewed as the physical arteries of a city… When you try to hold a thought, the mind wanders, other thoughts intrude and displace, thoughts flow through our minds in the same way blood flows through our veins.

Source: Kelly Mark (2009). Kelly Mark: Sculpture.


Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche. Toronto Canada 2006. Kelly Mark. Hold That Thought

CCCA (2006).  Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche. Toronto Canada 2006. Kelly Mark. Hold That Thought. <> : Nuit Blanche

Sculpture. Hold That Thought

Mark, Kelly (2006).  Sculpture. Hold That Thought. <> : Kelly Mark webpage

Kelly Mark

Firmin, Sandra Q. (2008).  Kelly Mark. Artpapers. , p. 69-70