====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art + Architecture, a registered non profit and independent arts producer, is an alternative platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographical, and ideological boundaries.
====\\DeRAIL commissions and produces place-specific art projects to foster new conversations about public space design and contemporary city building. We bring an urban landscape to life through contemporary art by moving beyond the walls of a traditional gallery space to offer a new experience to both citizens as participants and artists as contributors.
====\\DeRAIL is the vision of designer and public art curator Gelareh Saadapajouh and landscape architect Victoria Taylor. With years of combined experience as designers, artists, exhibition and public art curators, these emerging cultural producers push the definition of public art to produce unique and creative community-based/place-specific programs to explore the shared landscapes of our city.
Gelareh Saadatpajouh Co-founder, Director/Curator
Victoria Taylor Co-founder, Director/Curator
Farsan Farahani Web developer, Technologist
Martin Reis Photojournalist
Evan Pavka Digital storyteller
Rebecca Carbin Writer/editor
Michela Sutter Design intern
West Toronto Railpath
====\\DeRAIL is currently focused on animating the dynamic linear landscape of the 2.4km West Toronto Railpath, located in the west end of downtown Toronto. The WTR is the result of the visionary efforts of the Friends of West Toronto Railpath and the office of Councillor Ana Bailao (Ward 18).
Since opening in 2009, the WTR has been widely successful as a community mobility corridor – “a place to move through“– but less successful as a public space to enjoy - ”a place to be“.