Memorial quilt, York Mills Subway station, Toronto

“Breaking Ground”, a dramatic quilt designed by Laurie Swim, vividly depicts the 1960 Hoggs Hollow disaster. On 17 March 1960 five Italian immigrant workers died while constructing a watermain tunnel at Hoggs Hollow. Working under the Don River, they were trapped in a cramped, dimly lit space filled with fire, smoke and water. The accident sparked a public outcry over the lack of safety standards in construction.

The quilt is on display on the mezzanine level of York Mills subway station, not far from the site of the accident near York Mills Rd. and Yonge St.