I decided to do flipbook on Toronto City Hall, specifically a metamorphosis from the Old City Hall to New City Hall. In my hand drawn flipbook Old City Hall, designed by E.J. Lennox (opened in 1899) in Romanesque Revival style, morphs into New City Hall designed by Viljo Revell (opened in 1965). I am fascinated by the modernist architecture of New City Hall, which seems to embody an optimism about the future, and the aspirations and rapid change that were occurring in the 1960’s. The building has a slight science fiction quality to it that intrigues me.
My flipbook shows the transition in time and attitude over less than a century between the two city halls and how ideas about architecture changed in that time. I decided to do this because flipbooks are ideal for showing the metamorphosis from one image to another. I also liked the idea of Old City Hall Flying apart and New City Hall assembling itself from fragments. This transformation over time is ideal for a flip book, which incorporates time and motion.
About the Artist:
Patrick Jenkins is an award winning artist, animator and documentary filmmaker. His latest film "Sorceress" (2012), a mythological adventure story, has been screened at the Melbourne International Animation Festival in Australia and the BEFILM Festival in New York City. His recent film “Tara’s Dream” won both Second Prize and Best Animation Prize at the 2010 Toronto Urban Film Festival. His film “Amoeba” won first prize at the 2010 Toronto Animated Image Society Showcase. His film "Inner View” (2009), an animated homage to the art of Canadian artist Kazuo Nakamura was an Official Selection of Animafest, in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010. His film "Labyrinth" (2008), a surreal detective story, won 1st place in the Independent, 6 to 30 Minutes Category, at the 2009 KAFI Festival and 3rd Prize for animation at the 2010 Be Film Festival in New York City and was included in the dvd the Best of the London International Animation Festival 2009. His documentaries, "Of Lines And Men: The Animation Of Jonathan Amitay" and "Death Is In Trouble Now: The Sculptures Of Mark Adair" premiered on BRAVO! Television in October 2007. His film “The Skateboarder” premiered at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival and was shown at the 2005 Ottawa International Animation Festival and the prestigious 2006 Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France. His documentary film "RALPH: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry, The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso" premiered at the 2001 Montreal World Film Festival and was broadcast on CBC Television's Canadian Reflections and BRAVO! Television.
List of Awards:
“Tara’s Dream” won both Second Prize and Best Animation Prize at the 2010 Toronto Urban Film Festival
“Amoeba” won first prize at the 2010 Toronto Animated Image Society Showcase
“Labyrinth” won 1st place in the Independent, 6 to 30 Minutes Category, at the 2009 KAFI Festival in Kalamazoo, U.S.A. and 3rd Prize for animation at the 2010 Be Film Festival in New York City and was selected for the DVD the Best of the London International Animation Festival 2009.