I've Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

The illuminated text-based art installation is a literal and figurative representation of sunshine. The piece, whose title and text come from a lyric in the 1964 pop hit “My Girl” by The Temptations, reflects on the personal and universal memories we have of love while also considering the ways in which our memories can be affected by mental health conditions such as seasonal affective disorder, which is treated by light therapy–the re-creation of sunlight. A myriad of factors–personal, social, biological, environmental–have led to a necessity to re-create naturally occurring phenomena in our surroundings but ultimately it is the power of love and light that helps us through difficult times.

I‘ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day was part of the 10 for 10th – Memory Lane Exhibition curated by Che Kothari, which celebrated the milestone 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day was co-produced by the City of Toronto, Scotiabank and the University of Toronto Art Centre | Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, and was on display for one night at the University of Toronto University College Quadrangle. The piece has been donated to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and is now a part of their permanent collection.

Project Details

Standard Channel Letters, LED lights

49ft x 2ft x 5in

Photo Credit (first image below): Jesse Milns


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