#orphannibal (exploring the Toronto shooting locations of #orphanblack and #hannibal)
The David Dunlap Observatory is Canada’s largest optical telescope with a primary mirror measuring more than six feet (74”) in diameter. Constructed in the 1930s, the Observatory is located in the heart of Richmond Hill, Ontario. The building is 61 feet in diameter and weighs 80 tons. The telescope itself weighs 23 tons (without its primary mirror). The entire dome rotates 360 degrees on a cable system.
Dr. Tom Bolton used the DDO 74” telescope to confirm the existence of black holes in 1971.
It was January of this year, 11 months ago, that I first posted Sail’s (Pronounced “Sigh-eel”) artwork. The piece, drawn with ink, was of a woman in a samurai’s helmet, her body festooned with arrows. It was immaculately done. I had linked to gallery Roq la Rue’s website for anyone seeking information on him as the piece was part of a group show and because Googling his name or variations of his name brought up no clear results.
A few days later I received an email from Sail thanking me and linking me to his website and joking that “no one knows who I am.”
This has all changed in the 11 months since that first interaction. The Seattle based artist’s narrative driven, mythical Asian influenced work has been shared across the Internet, he’s released a book of his work and he’s fresh off his first solo show at Roq la Rue (“Dead Language" which was based on Japanese Okabe or shapeshifters) and is currently diving deep into new projects exploring the effects literature has on his active imagination.
Sail and I corresponded for over a month for this interview and touched on subjects from his early life in his father’s studio to his current happiness of being able to seek out whatever may come: