Kitchener Market


Art Project

Paul Roorda: Time Stops

Originally presented as a temporary public art project in downtown Waterloo, Time Stops - the name for the micro-galleries, were found attached to wooden utility poles for people to discover as they walked through their neighbourhoods. Displayed together, themes of climate change, time, and memory emerge as the Time Stops amuse us with their wind-up melodies. Time Stops invite people to step out of their thoughts and intended path to experience an intimately scaled poetic event. The altered chimes of a child’s music box accompany nostalgic images of floods and skies. By adding clocks, barometers, and other vintage curiosities, viewers are gently challenged to reconsider their place in a world of quickly changing climate.

Bio:  Paul Roorda is a Waterloo artist who has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Germany.  He has been awarded grants from the Waterloo Region Arts Fund, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.  Paul Roorda has been the subject of an episode of “The Artist’s Life” which aired on Bravo TV and was a finalist for the 2016 K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Ontario. Recent art examines climate change and the passage of time in slow moving kinetic sculptures. For more information please go to