The Soft City is a Toronto-based artists' collective who have charged themselves with creating and managing a cuddly plush city in miniature. Sort of a Sim City with sewing machines instead of computers:
We recognize the mutually defining relationship between the cities we live in and our selves, therefore we have constructed a soft city as a way to soften the ways we interact, understand, and live with others. We use soft materials for our plush city, such as felt and fabric for buildings, and lino prints to create windows and doors. Some of our buildings are replicas of recognizable structures and some seem to come directly from the mind of Dr. Seuss.Though there is a plush CN Tower and the Soft City Hall looks very Torontonian, the sense I get is that Soft City is not just supposed to be Toronto, but Every City [which is so Toronto of them].
This cityscape, consisting of uptown and downtown districts, industrial areas, parks and residential neighborhoods is zoned out on our custom bedspread, which is a network of criss-crossing streets and sidewalks. It is a little place where one can cuddle buildings and lie down for a nap.
Whether that means that all the stores are forced to stay closed on Boxing Day or not, you'll just have to drive down the little felt streets tonight and look for people camped out in front of the plush version of The Bay.