Reclaimed rusted roofing

Artist: Sheryl Boyle


Reclaimed from a ditch in Westmeath, Ontario, this piece of weathered metal roofing with rust, paint, and deformation was given a second life when Associate Professor Sheryl Boyle found it, along with a pile of other building materials, at the side of the road while cycling. She returned later to retrieve the material, flatten it from its crumpled form, and mount it to a piece of pine. The second life of the roofing serves as a piece of art that reframes the notion of trash and making. This tile is one in a set that showcases the metal roofing; one displays the side exposed to the elements, and the other the protected side. In addition, this tile shows the side left to be weathered, showing the effect time has on materials as an ever-changing cycle.