Public Artwork

Wish you were here

Laurel Woodcock, Wish you were here, 2007
Grange Park , Toronto, ON, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Woodcock, Laurel
Text author(s): 
Woodcock, Laurel
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

B8 on the business card of the event (Area B, exhibition 8). Level Grange Road. Located at the North end of the park.


Light projected on the ground

Text of the artwork: 

wish you were here

Text theme: 
Inspire desire for the unattainable

Wish You Were Here ³ YYZ Gallery, September 8-October 23, 2004, Toronto


Wish You Were Here: project for the "At The Corner of Time and Place" theme, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto. New version of the work (gobo projector, balloons filled with helium)

Event date(s): 

The phrase is familiar as it has been abused by generations on souvenir postcards. Once meant as a wholehearted invocation to the friend or family member who could not travel along to an exotic location, it has become hollow and empty, often used with sardonic intent. 


Source: Kathie Bethune-Leamen, "Once more, with feeling," in: Play/pause/repeat, p.24-25


Laurel Woodcock : play / pause / repeat

Marriott, John, Katie Bethune-Leaman (2004).  Laurel Woodcock : play / pause / repeat. Guelph : Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, p. 47