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OCAD University

100 McCaul Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

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Dying.dialogues is a symposium on death, dying, and design and is part of the Dying. event series running in conjunction with DesignTO

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Bill Pechet of PechetStudio will be presenting Little Spirits with discussion.

Little Spirits memorial garden is designed to honour the loss of infants, both pre- and post-term. It is the first of its kind in North America.

A variety of commemorative elements provide for a range of needs. Little concrete houses, wind notes of wood veneer, tiny copper bells, and polished basalt spirit stones, all contribute to a peaceful and meditative environment for those who have lost their little ones.

A ceremony pavilion constructed of corten steel echoes the colours and shapes of arbutus bark found on the site. The polished concrete and bronze altar is inspired by the shape of a heart. The rounded edges are designed to offer a comforting, maternal anchor during funeral ceremonies.

This tiny village will eventually memorialize over 3,000 children.

This project was completed in collaboration with Daly Landscape Architecture.

Located in Saanich, BC, Canada.

Bill Pechet is the director of the PechetStudio in Vancouver. With a combined interest in art, architecture, and urban infrastructure the PechetStudio has created over 30 years of projects that include public art, playgrounds, plazas, cemeteries and memorials, public infrastructure, lighting, street furnishings, interiors, exhibitions, stage sets, and houses.

This keynote will be the opening event of Dying.dialogues, a one-day symposium on design for end of life beginning Saturday, January 30th, 2021.

Over the past two years, the Dying. series has attracted over 5000 attendees, 26 speakers, including 4 opening and keynote speakers in the disciplines of design and healthcare, and 29 exhibiting artists and designers. In its third year, Dying. will continue to offer an opportunity to creatively engage in conversation about fragility, death, dying, loss, grief through the lens of art and design.

This keynote event will be held virtually. We reserve the right to modify dates, times, or delivery methods as required.

Photos may be taken at the event and used to promote the dying series in the future. If you would not like to be photographed please let the organizers know on the day of the event.

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