Walkable Planets

WALKABLE PLANETS is a community art project intended to spur curiosity about the scale of our dazzlingly large solar system and create planetary wayfinding signage in public spaces.

The first official landing happened in 2014, in Toronto’s west end. As part of 100-in-1 Day, the first Walkable Planets scale solar system was installed along a linear route between Christie Pits Park and Trinity Bellwoods Park, along Grace Street and Gore Vale Avenue, on the west side of the street.

After a few months, city staff requested that the signs be taken down because they were not at proper height and several had been defaced. The signs were taken down and reinstalled in 2015, this time in city parks rather than on street side.

Various media outlets have profiled the Walkable Planets project, including Torontoist, BlogTO, Global News TV, Metro Toronto and the Toronto Star and the SPACE Channel. A successful Tilt crowd-funding campaign was launched in January 2015 and the project won an Awesome Award from the Awesome Foundation in spring 2015.

You can check out the new self-guided Walkable Planets tour on the Jane’s Walk website. Starting at Toronto’s Christie Pits Park and heading south along the old Garrison Creek corridor, a series of ten planetary wayfinding signs are placed at their approximate distances from each other, at a scale of 1-to-2 billion. Check out the Jane’s Walk page for more details on touring the nine planets of our solar system, from the Sun to Pluto, on a lovely two kilometre stroll.

Are you a teacher interested in using the wayfinding signs to teach your students about scale and space? Involved in a residents or community group that wants to bring the project to your neighbourhood? Please get in touch by emailing Jode Roberts at joderoberts@gmail.com.

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Check out the Walkable Planet’s self-guided tour on Jane’s Walk.