The Skinny

a blog on iconic design & creative places

  • Heavy in review: A year of evolution

    Reflecting on the ‘experience’ with company president Ryan Bessant As 2020 comes to a close, the world looks quite different to Heavy Industries president Ryan Bessant. As we sit down and reflect, he notes the obvious: A global pandemic that has shifted people’s focus, priorities and, often, budgets. Yet he’s also candid that every year looks quite different for Heavy

  • Meet… Anthony Felix

    Sitting down with Heavy’s Senior Designer to discuss his journey from fracking to public art design Growing in the heart of Alberta’s oil and gas country, you would think that Anthony Felix was destined for a life in bitumen. And you would be partly right. While starting in the world of tracking, his journey has since taken Anthony deep into

  • Why the ‘why’ behind public art is so important

    Stories behind community installations provide context, better enrich lives “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” — Aristotle. The meaning behind art has been discussed for centuries. More recently, however, it’s impact on public art is encouraging stakeholders to go beyond just erecting colourful landmarks and instead creating community monuments

  • There’s so much beauty in the invisible wind

    Inverted Lakes installation in Toronto’s Waterfront adds vital dimension to pioneering development When first planning the Daniels Waterfront mixed-use development in Toronto’s burgeoning Waterfront district, the company behind it envisioned a community rooted in purpose. Seeking to shed the archetypical cloak often cast on high-rise developments of this kind, the project was to be one that celebrated the arts; one

  • Pulling back the curtain on Heavy’s greatest hits

    Proper placemaking is not just about the destination. It’s also about the journey. . This week, we’ve decided to take you behind the curtain to share the backstories behind some of our most unique projects to date, as told by the people here at Heavy Industries who have been involved in their creation. From the massive Carrington art feature that