Parkway Forest Park VR

Virtual Parkway Forest Park

Virtual Parkway Forest Park is a public art project allowing community members who live near Parkway Forest Park to add immersive videos to a web app gallery of the park itself.

Between July 12, 2021 and September 4, 2021, Toasterlab will loan 360 VR Camera Kits and provide remote training to Parkway Forest families and individuals. Toasterlab is looking forward to working with anyone in the park’s surrounding area interested in exploring their relationship to the park, learning about VR video, and sharing their work with others.

Toasterlab will provide contactless drop-off and pick-up of equipment and sanitize it in between loan periods, using a Cleanbox designed for specifically for VR and recording equipment.

Toasterlab will also record activity in the park to add to the gallery. On September 25, 2021, Toasterlab will launch the virtual gallery/web app online. Community members can enjoy this virtual gallery on their own phones as they travel through the park or from their homes on a browser.

Borrow a 360VR Camera Kit

VR Workshop – 2018

This workshop took place over two weekends at Parkway Forest Park in 2018— on Saturday, June 30 & Monday, July 2, and Saturday, July 7 & Sunday, July 8.

Workshop participants devised and recorded site-specific short films in Parkway Forest Park using 360 immersive cameras. At the end of the second weekend—during the afternoon and evening of July 8—participants and the community shared their original content as part of a Pop-Up VR Cinema, in tents at the south end of the park.

At the end of the summer, on the evening of August 23, 2018, the community and the participants were invited to join Toasterlab to launch a mobile app that geolocates participants’ films throughout the park. The app launch took place as part of the pre-show for the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show screening on the same evening.