A continuation of our story following the commissioning and creation of the public sculpture TO THE RIVER, which will be installed near the Humber River in Toronto.
Public space that is inviting and functional, in a metropolis like Toronto, is a vital element of community. Public space that includes public art plays an even more important role in the social fabric of a city. In this issue we look at shared spaces in the city that invite, engage and challenge.
A preview of an exciting installation that portrays public space and is displayed in public space – a layered imagery of the fabric of Toronto.
The lack of open space in overcrowded neighbourhoods created a visible problem a century ago. Children played in hazardous storage yards and vacant lots, were exposed to disease near waste disposal sites and were struck down by vehicles. Local reformers tackled the problem through the Toronto Playground Association.
We follow a sculptor as he proposes and gets a commission then proceeds to turn the winning concept into a larger-than-life work of art that will withstand the ages.
Facing the wall of condos that separates the city from the lake we encounter astonishing new public art. Here’s a sampling.
Our contemporary public square may be the internet, but China exerts state power and alerts us to the limits of freedom on the web.