Commissioned for the new Toronto Metro Hall, on the occasion of the city being amalgamated, Micah Lexier’s work, Selections from the Synopsis of Categories, consists of 25 aluminum ladders, custom-made to reach various heights, casually arranged and randomly stacked. On each rung, a word emerges from the aluminum bar, waterjet-cut from the metal. With 350 words in total, each has been selected from the “Synopsis of Categories” section of Roger’s Thesaurus as visual representations of intellectual construction. By merging them with the image of ladders, which represent physical construction, Lexier addresses the variety of work carried out by employees of the public service sector. As the installation is located on the ground floor lobby of the Metro Hall, it serves not only to promote the work that the employees there do but to remind them why they do it and for whom. Lexier has said: “The integration of words and ladders refers to language and architecture as constructed vocabularies that express and define human identity”.
Some of the words that can be found on the rungs include: convention, disclosure, comfort, judgement, electronics, facility, transparency, bond, intention, and support.