Vibrancy and beauty fill the many intersecting streets of Toronto; every corner you turn may feature a hidden and stunning work of art that fills our city with colour and liveliness. Toronto’s prominent and thriving art scene seeks to inspire both visitors and residents alike to celebrate the shared public spaces that reflect our diverse and creative community.

 

What better way to support Toronto’s vitality than to explore its powerful public art presence?

 

Take a look at some of Toronto’s finest public artwork that are constantly adding value to our cultural, aesthetic and social vitality. These wonderful works of art are accessible to all – so let’s explore what makes our city so beautiful!

 

 

Monument to Multiculturalism

Francesco Perilli

 

 

Located in front of Union Station at 65 Front Street West, Monument to Multiculturalism was unveiled on July 1st, 1985 and has since stood strong as a symbol of Toronto’s commitment to multiculturalism. Union Station can traditionally be seen as Toronto’s main hub of transportation and this stunning statue acts as the first piece of public art seen by those arriving to the city by rail. Cast in bronze, this postmodern piece represents a man who, at the center of the globe, joins two meridians, reinforcing Toronto’s diverse nature. The surrounding delicate doves symbolize both peace and the cultural vitality of those who, with the man, construct a new world in our city under the banner of mutual respect.

 

 

I.T.

Michael Christian

 

 

Although the Distillery District is home to a number of remarkable public art pieces, I.T. stands out as a provocative 40’ tall steel structure that welcomes audiences to interact with its massive build. With its focal point being the alien head and its stare, I.T. overlooks the vibrant neighbourhood and is both a powerful and thought-provoking piece. Having made an appearance at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, this striking piece made Toronto its home in 2009 and is a must-see public work of art.

 

 

Rising

Zhang Huan

 

 

Sourced From: www.weblogtheworld.com

 

Unveiled in May of 2012, this outstanding piece of public art stands strong outside Living Shangri-La Toronto on University Avenue north of Adelaide. The sculpture rises over a reflecting pool of water and is comprised of what Huan calls “peace pigeons”. The symbolic birds move up the building’s façade among twisted tree branches that resemble the body of a dragon. This striking piece illustrates a dream city whereby mankind and nature live in harmony and are synchronically rising.  Perhaps Toronto is best fitted for this astounding piece – simply said, Rising is a standout public work of art in the Financial District that is anticipating visitors to interact with its beauty.  

 

 

Artifacts of Memory

Eldon Garnet

 

Sourced from: www.eldongarnet.com/public-art/artifacts-of-memory-2 

 

Eldon Garnet is an iconic and seasoned multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. His striking sculptural installations can be seen throughout the city, including along the Metro Toronto Police Headquarters. His latest public sculpture, Artifacts of Memory dominates the Yonge and St. Joseph area – where it stands strong as a 10-metre high, brushed stainless steel work consisting of five lines of text. This piece particularly deals with Garnet’s recurring theme of the fundamental living conditions in our modern world. Explore and interact with Artifacts of Memory by reading the five lines of text and discovering what they mean to you!

 

Written by Leticia Gaba. 

 

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