Client: Ontario Arts Council. 30th Anniversary Exhibition, also Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team


Richard Watts

Crowe River Studio


Ontario Arts council



Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)



This project had several enactments before the one shown. The first time it was shown, was in front of Toronto City Hall. At that time it had a camp-fire tepee style in front fashioned from ocean eroded re-bar
from the coast of North Carolina. So, metal fire that cant burn, that looks like wood, in front of a steel tent with steel mesh windows partly torched that cant be entered.
With a burning coal fibre glass bed.There was a bench in front of the installation on which a homeless person slept. I had the photo but I lost it.
The piece was made in my basement in a rented house when I was moving around Toronto, trying to find a place to live with my second partner, another artist, and 4 children.
The CAMH enactment occurred during a separation, so it both reflected my personal state, the plight of the homeless, and those with mental illness. I think, I was also thinking about my brother in Chicago who suffered from psychotic breaks, and died in his mid-fifties.So it is also a memorial…


The goal was to raise awareness about homelessness and mental health issues in the City in front of the biggest mental health centre