The BSM’s Bloor Street window installation created by Ryerson University students

The Bata Shoe Museum extended an invitation to a talented team of Ryerson University students to create a memorable window installation to commemorate the 20th anniversary.  The commissioned work, entitled Foot[age] is inspiring and impressive.  In their words…

Serving as a symbolic representation of the shoes we wear on our feet, the window plays with depth, flow and light to invoke a sense of movement that is both tangible and intangible.  It seeks to serve both form and function, much like the shoes that we wear every day.  Using lights to create an unexpected abstraction, shoe forms are transformed from the physical into the ethereal.  The interplay of depth, shadow and the individual physical components symbolically represent the immense volume of priceless history contained within the Museum’s outstanding collection.

Faculties Involved:
Ryerson School of Interior Design
Ryerson Department of Architectural Science
Ryerson New Media

Design Team:
Michelle Ashurov
Naveed Khan
Sarah Lipsit
Victoria Mininni
Shane Morris
Sally Pollock
Katelyn Runnalls
Filip Tisler

The Foot[age] window features a film created specifically to invoke the same sense of flow and movement as the shapes featured in the installation.  Conceptualized and created by Cyrus Sundar Singh, Foot[age]: Movement on a Mobile, was shot in the streets, buildings and public spaces of Toronto and captures and the movement and feel of the city from eight inches above the ground.

Cyrus Sundar Singh

Gemini Award-winning filmmaker, songwriter, composer, and poet Cyrus, eloquently wears these many hats with joy. Born and raised in India and living in Canada, he continues to bridge his different worlds effortlessly while maintaining an original unique style. Cyrus’ directorial debut Film Club is the winner of both a Gemini Award and the NFB’s Reel Diversity Award. His film productions have earned numerous awards and taken him around the world including to Israel, India, Haiti, and Spain. He’s written, produced and directed in a range of genres including documentary, reality, and lifestyle.

He has produced and/or developed numerous programs from the idea stage through to distribution in a variety of genres for various broadcasters including BellMedia, CTV, CBC, VisionTV, Smithsonian Channel, BlueAntMedia, Discovery Channel, MuchMusic, and Bravo. He continues to develop new projects including Slice n Dice, Rebel with a Cause and When Gods Dance with Salaam Shalom Productions and other partners.

As an award-winning composer his credits include, Genie Award Winner Moving Day, the Gemini Award Nominated Twisted Sheets, Film Club and the International Award-winning documentary Salaam Shalom: The Jews of India. In addition, Cyrus’ musical scores for CBC Radio Dramas have premiered to national and international audiences. As a singer/songwriter, Cyrus’ musical journeys across Canada, the U.S., India and the U.K, culminated with the release of his critically acclaimed CD, Sun to Star. His writings have been published in poetry anthologies, academic journals and peer reviewed medical journals.


The students involved in the production of the Foot[age] window installation would like to thank the following:

Media Production:
Cyrus Sundar Singh
Farah Elmajdoub

Faculty Advisors:
Vincent Hui
Ala Roushan
Lois Weinthal

Technical Advisors:
Frank Bowen
Blaine Evans
Arizona Dixon
Jordan So
Jason Ramelson

Maryann Adas
Bita Bahmanbijari
John Benner
Andrea Bickley
Xinyu Cheng
Adrian Chiu
Katrina Clancy
Kaley Davidson
Mariam El Zein
Jason Glionna
Tiantian Guo
Katherine Krolak
Drew Lee
Amanda Nalli
Aliza Ronis
Samin Sameni
Daniela Sanchez
Kangyi Shen
Noeline Tharshan
Abhishek Wagle
Carlos Wong
Lucy Yang
Casey Yuen
Kexin Zhang